March 8 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. is cutting about 1,200 jobs at its Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. unit, a person familiar with the matter said.
The reduction comes seven months after Google said it was eliminating 4,000 jobs, or about 20 percent of the staff, at the company it bought last year for about $12.4 billion. The majority of the latest round of layoffs will occur outside the U.S., the person said, declining to be identified because the details haven’t been released.
“These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer,” said Gabe Madway, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility. “It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”
Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is streamlining the company as it pushes into the hardware market. The company, owner of the world’s most-popular search engine, purchased Motorola Mobility in its biggest takeover, boosting its patent portfolio and stepping up competition with Apple Inc.
The Mountain View, California-based company agreed in December to sell the Motorola Home business to Arris Group Inc. for $2.35 billion, finding a buyer for a division that sells TV set-top boxes while it focuses on expanding in smartphones. Google’s Android operating system is used in the majority of smartphones sold worldwide, including those by Galaxy maker Samsung Electronics Co.
Google shares have climbed 18 percent this year after rising 9.5 percent in 2012.
The job cuts were reported earlier today by the Wall Street Journal.
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