Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility closing soon; layoffs seen


Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility will close in the next two business days, according to a form filed by Motorola Mobility over the weekend.

The $12.5-billion takeover, which was announced in August, cleared its final hurdle last week when the Chinese government finally gave the deal a go-ahead, albeit with a condition: Android must remain free and open for the next five years.

The deal will give Google an in-house phone manufacturer as the company begins a strategy to fix Android fragmentation by making more unified Android phones and by selling phones directly to customers.


However, layoffs at Motorola Mobility are expected as a result of the deal.

Google’s next step is a scheduled “listening tour” of the company, which reportedly has about 19,000 employees, before beginning to make decisions.

TechCrunch reports that it has heard that layoffs are coming, and it cites a previous Google takeover as precedent for imminent staff cuts.

Motorola could not be reached for comment, and Google said it had no comments at this time.


Microsoft stops Motorola from importing 18 Android devices

Google shifting its Android strategy, seeks to fix fragmentation


EU say Google may have abused its dominance, urges settlement

Follow Salvador Rodriguez on Facebook, Twitter or Google+