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Motorola CEO discusses Google ownership

Motorola CEO discusses Google ownership

Motorola CEO discusses Google ownership
News from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

– Google’s $ 12.4 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility was widely seen as a way for Google to acquire patents to defend its Android operating system from intellectual property lawsuits.

Yet Motorola hasn’t given up on making phones.

In August, it started selling the Moto X, the first smartphone assembled in the United States. By manufacturing the phone closer to its customers, Motorola can offer unprecedented customization.

Last month, the Moto G came out, targeted at budget-conscious Americans and people in emerging markets. The phone, which has a high-resolution screen and other features found in leading smartphones, starts at $ 179 in the U.S., compared with the $ 600-plus price tag on the typical high-end smartphone.

Even with its new phone lineup, Motorola remains in transition. The company enjoyed strong sales after introducing the Razr flip phone in 2004. But it struggled to develop another hit. Under Google, it has lost nearly $ 2 billion and trimmed its workforce from 20,000 to about 3,800.

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, a Google veteran who took the helm in May 2012 with the Internet company’s takeover, sat down with The Associated Press to talk about Motorola, its products and its vision for making the Internet affordable and accessible to everyone. Questions and answers have been edited f…………… continues on Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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