The mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility, and at the same time a subsidiary of Google, was forced to remove its entire line of mobile phones and tablets from the German market due to an unfavorable patent decision. So it was a huge blow to Google as the search giant struggles to bring Motorola back to its former level of profitability.
The weakened mobile phone company was acquired for $ 12.5 billion and with it, Google gained access to more than 17,000 mobile technology patents. At the time, Motorola reported losses of $ 233 million.
The Guardian journalist Charles Arthur believes that lawsuits from Apple and Microsoft forced Motorola to withdraw the device from sale in Germany.
The company's management was quick to deny this statement, noting that the decrease in the number of devices on sale means only the intention to “phase out the devices of the lower price range in Europe / Germany”.
In fact, the court ruling announced last month prompted Motorola to take the step of removing all Android devices from the German market. As a reminder, Apple won the patent infringement hearings by Motorola and is now forced to make the necessary changes to the software (Android) in order to circumvent the illegal use of technology owned by the Cupertino-based company.
In August, by decision of Google, about 4,000 Motorola employees were laid off, which is 1/5 of the total number of employees in the company, thereby reducing the company's expenses by $ 300 million.
Last month, Google executives tried to divert public attention from Apple's new flagship iPhone 5 by declassifying three new Motorola smartphone models: the Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr Maxx HD and Droid Razr M.
The Droid Razr HD is the flagship of Motorola's new line of smartphones. The device has a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a huge 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display, an eight-megapixel camera and a 2,500mAh battery that Motorola claims will keep your smartphone running smoothly on 16 hours of talk time or 24 hours of normal use.