Motorola lays off another 4,000
RAZR phones fail to slice into new markets
Motorola has announced another round of layoffs - 4,000 to add to the 3,500 jobs it slashed in January.
The first lot are on schedule to be off the premises by the end of June, while the new round will take until the end of the year to clear their desks.
The cuts are an attempt to get the company back into profitability. Motorola posted a loss for the first quarter of 2007, and has been losing market share to Samsung and Nokia at home, as well as failing to make an impact in European and developing markets.
These new cuts, along with other cost-cutting measures, are an attempt to save the company $600m in 2008. Added to the $400m Motorola's saving from the first round of layoffs, the company should soon be back in the black - though the process itself is going to cost it $300m over the rest of this year. ®
Razr is only good for slashing your wrists
I have a Razr and suffer from the the weekly (or more) white screen of death - usually at the most inconvenient times. I know I can never get back the time I spend watching the "Please Wait" message, but I know I won't make the same mistake again - buying a Motorola phone.
I decided to check for a firmware update recently and found nothing, my friends see similar issues, so Moto must have their head in a bucket of sand if they don't know about it.
To finish things off, they should really understand what an intuitive software interface and menus are really like. (hint: buy a Nokia and play with it). Configuring it can be a maze, and that's if it lets you configure the things you want. (e.g. going to silent mode using the side buttons without making really loud sounds)
Their hardware people seem to be up to the task, but the software people leave a bit to be desired.
RE: Lack of quality will always kill you in the end.
My bet is that they'll learn once the majority of consumers gain the ability to differentiate between low and high quality, and learn to withhold their cash for low quality products. So 'Never' is a good estimate.
That's what you get for a human rights violation...
...otherwise known as the load of bollocks they call a user interface, three skins which can't be added to that include colours like flourescent bile green, and a resolution that reminds one of lego. Did I mention multitap? Rather stick five fingers in my arse...
Word of advice, now you know you have a decent industrial designer, go pay the extra five quid and get a bloody UI developer. Probably get a two for one deal.
Only would Motorola be arrogant enough to think that they could keep slapping lipstick on that five year old pig of an operating system. Eventually people figure these things out you know...