In an effort to increase the profitability of their newly acquired Motorola investment, Google is slashing 4,000 people from their payroll in the new division. According to the numbers that Google has released, the cost cutting measure should focus on those in feature phone development. The feature phone department accounted for about 3.7 million devices of Motorola’s 8.8 million devices sold in the first quarter of 2012.
Along with the payroll cuts, Google is expected to close approximately 30 of Motorola’s 90 locations and offices and move the corporate headquarters to downtown Chicago from the suburb of Libertyville. This will surely not be the last round of moves and cuts to the struggling manufacturer and many are still waiting for the first of the Motorola Nexus series devices.