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Google Plans to Slash 4,000 Jobs at Motorola Mobility

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google will remake Motorola Mobility, the cellphone maker it bought this year, beginning with job cuts.

The search engine giant plans to lay off 20 percent of Motorola Mobility’s workforce and close a third of its worldwide offices.  One third of the 4,000 job cuts will be in the U.S.

The cellphone maker has suffered from a slide in market share, losing out to Samsung and Apple, the dominant players in the global market.

The New York Times reports “the turnaround effort will also be a referendum on the management of Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, whose boldest move has been the $12.5 billion acquisition.”

Under its new management, the company is said to be cutting back on the number of different phones it makes and ending production of low end devices.

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Motorola Droid Razr: New Smartphone Revives Old Name

Verizon(NEW YORK) -- In its day, the Motorola Razr was the cellphone to have.  From 2003 to 2007 it was by far the best-selling cellphone in America.

Then came Apple with its iPhone, and since then Motorola has struggled in the cellular business.  The original Razr was overrun by smartphones, which browse the Web, send texts and emails, tell you where you are and, in the case of the iPhone 4S with its Siri "virtual assistant," talk back to you.

Now, Motorola is back with a new Razr, trying to recapture the magic of the original.  The new phone is sleek and thin, much like its predecessor.  And it's a smartphone, running on the Android software powered by Google -- which, as you may recall, announced in August was buying Motorola Mobility.

Will it succeed?  Early reviews are positive.

"Yes, it's another Android phone," writes Kevin Kelleher of Fortune, "but it's one that incorporates the sleek design elements in the hardware that made Motorola's Razr line of clamshell phones the last iconic phone before the rise of the smartphone."

But plaudits don't necessarily sell phones, as Kelleher agrees.  "So it's just as easy to say Google will regret buying Motorola as it is to say it will look back on the deal as a shrewd move," he writes.

Others have their doubts.

"It's a solid Android device, but it's not going to be that blockbuster that the original Razr was," said Roger Entner of Recon Analytics.  "The huge difference the original had was its thinness.  It's just that everyone else has it now too."

The new Razr is expected to roll out around Nov. 10.

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Free Smartphones? Top 5 Reasons Google Wants Motorola

PRNewsFoto/Motorola(NEW YORK) -- Motorola has had its moments in the cellphone business, long before Google's announcement that it was buying Motorola Mobility. In 1983, it was Motorola that marketed the first cellphone in the United States, and from 2003 to 2007, its Razr was by far the best-selling cellphone of all time. Then came Apple's iPhone, and Motorola has struggled ever since to keep up. Its one success -- not a lasting one, but a success -- was the Droid, a smartphone that ran on Google's Android software.

So why would Google spend $12.3 billion to buy Motorola's smartphone business? And how could it affect you? Here are five top reasons cited for the deal, starting with Google's own:

1. "Supercharging Android." This is what Google says it's after -- a boost for its Android software, which it first rolled out three years ago as an operating system to rival Apple's. Android software is now reported to run 40 percent of smartphones, but it still doesn't have the aura that surrounds the iPhone, and Google would like to change that.

In a blog post, Google's co-founder and CEO, Larry Page, wrote, "In 2008, Motorola bet big on Android as the sole operating system across all of its smartphone devices. It was a smart bet, and we're thrilled at the success they've achieved so far. We believe that their mobile business is on an upward trajectory and poised for explosive growth."

2. Creating free smartphones. There are already wireless carriers that, for years, have been giving away low-end cellphones, knowing that the real money to be made is in charging you for calls and downloads. Would you go for a free smartphone -- one that will make calls, play music, give you web access, take pictures, do word processing and give you driving directions? Or can we sell you on a free tablet -- an iPad, only one made by Motorola and running Google software?

"The expectation is that this eventually will result in a free smartphone and possibly a free tablet," said Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif. "Google's implied strategy is to own, and fund through advertising, most of what we currently use to access the web, including PCs -- Chromebooks -- and TVs. It will likely take a few years to get them close to free, but by owning Motorola they can move more quickly."

3. Offering you a "seamless experience." "Probably in the long run -- like two years or so -- a Motorola phone will give you an Apple-like experience where there's a tight relationship between hardware and software," said Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics in Massachusetts.

4. Killing off "patent trolls." It's another bit of tech-speak for people who file patents on new ideas and, if companies invent the real thing, demand compensation, saying they were there first.

"It's killing innovation and it's slowing innovation," said Paul Saffo, a managing director and technology forecaster at Discern Analytics. "It's classic extortion."

Google likes Motorola because, over time, it has been granted an estimated 24,000 patents (the company won't confirm the number) on cellphone technologies -- powerful ammo if Google wants to actually implement them in actual phones.

5. Taking over the world. Well, not quite, but taking on Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and other contenders. They'd all like to sell you service contracts, apps, and wireless minutes, and unless antitrust regulators get in the way, "GoogleMoto," as Saffo called it, will have a leg up.

"Google can't sell anything to save its life but it is the only multi-national that seems to understand how to get advertisers to pay for everything," said Enderle in an email to ABC News. "By controlling the hardware they can close in on Apple's quality, and Apple can't match them on price. If they execute -- a big 'if' because this merger is between two very different companies -- they could unseat Apple."  

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Google Acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

ABC News(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) -- Google Inc. announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. for about $12.5 billion in cash, giving the online search giant a competitive edge in the mobile-computing market.

The acquisition was unanimously approved by both companies' boards of directors and is expected to be completed by the end of this year or early 2012.

Under the deal, Motorola Mobility will be run as a separate business and will remain a licensee of Android, Google's operating system for cellphones.  Android will remain an open platform, Google said.

"This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world," said CEO of Motorola Mobility Sanjay Jha.  "We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses."

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Sprint and Motorola Launching More than 10 Devices in 2011

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Sprint and Motorola are renewing their relationship in a deal that will see them launch a number of new Motorola devices together, according to a joint statement from the companies.

Sprint, along with its prepaid brands -- Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA -- plans on releasing more than 10 new wireless devices by the end of 2011.

“We are excited to be partnering with Sprint to announce a new portfolio of innovative, differentiated Android-based products that make the mobile experience better for people -- whether at home or at work,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. “These devices showcase our deep insight into consumer needs and harness the power of Sprint’s networks.”

Sprint and Motorola launched two of the devices Thursday -- the Motorola Photon 4G and the Motorola Triumph.  The Photon is Motorola's first Sprint 4G device, while the Triumph is the first Virgin Mobile USA device by Motorola and will feature a touchscreen and two cameras.  

The two devices will be available to Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA customers this summer.

Recently unveiled devices include the Motorola Xoom -- a tablet computer -- and the Motorola XPRT smartphone.

Among other coming attractions are the  Motorola i412 phone, which will be available in late June; and the Motorola Titanium, the first Nextel Direct Connect smartphone built on the Android 2.1 operating system, debuting late summer.

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Motorola Xoom Release Presents Competition for iPad 

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | Motorola(NEW YORK) -- Motorola's answer to the iPad went on sale Thursday. The Xoom is the first tablet to run Google's Honeycomb software designed specifically for slate tablets. USA Today's Ed Baig says the software is slick and makes the Xoom worth considering.

"This is a solid alternative to the iPad," he noted. "Now it's not perfect. Some of the things that are promised aren't there yet; 4G network, that's coming later, Adobe Flash, that's coming later. ... Overall, I think Motorola has come up with a really solid device backed by solid software from Google."

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Apple Sues Motorola Over Smartphone Software

Photo Courtesy - PR Newswire(NEW YORK) -- Apple has filed a lawsuit against Motorola claiming the rival technology company is violating Apple's patents on smartphone software.  The nine-page complaint follows Motorola asking a judge in Delaware on Oct. 11 to rule that it doesn't infringe on Apple patents and to rule the patents invalid.  It's the latest chapter in the high-tech tit-for-tat battle between the two. reports that Apple's suit, filed in Wisconsin Friday, involves three patents linked to the Droid, Devour i1, Charm, Backflip and Cliq.  The nine-page complaint lists three Apple patents it says Motorola is violating with its phones and the software applications controlling those devices.

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