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Lenovo swoops in after Google lays off 4,000 Motorola employees

Lenovo hires ex-Motorola staff after Google closes R&D plant

Google’s decision to close down Motorola’s R&D plant in Nanjing, China has proved good news for Lenovo.

The PC giant has recruited a number of Motorola’s employees after they were made redundant by Google.

The Bejing News reports that Lenovo has already hired 40 former Motorola staff to work on mobile phone and tablet projects. Lenovo was allegedly planning to set up R&D centres in a number of cities, but after hearing Google’s decision, changed its mind and decided to consolidate all its operations in Nanjing.

After Google completed its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola back in May, it announced that it was laying off 4,000 Motorola employees and closing a third of its offices.

The employees showed their anger at the decision with a number of protests, and Motorola’s China head had to fly down to meet with them to negotiate. After three rounds of negotiations 200 of the workers signed agreements terminating their employment contracts.

Along with a number being nabbed by Lenovo, many of the former Motorola employees joined local firms including Coolpad, China Telecom, Chins Mobile, and Naritech.

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