HTC struggles to keep up, lays off 20% of US workforce

Our friends from HTC have seen some better days. And we hope they see them again. This weekend we learned some rather terrible news as the struggling smartphone manufacturer who has continued to decline as of late just let go of roughly 20% of the staff in the US. Despite a successful and popular HTC One smartphone launch, things aren't rebounding as well as planned.

T-Mobile cuts several hundred Bellevue HQ employees

It still looks like the T-Mobile and MetroPCS merger is on track for approval from all necessary parties, however it seems as if one of the nastier side effects has also happened. The layoffs. While this is not necessarily the best of news, it is coming as expected. T-Mobile actually confirmed earlier in the month that the layoffs would be happening. So far these layoffs have been from the Bellevue headquarters.

Motorola Mobility to leave South Korea in 2013

Motorola is going to be leaving South Korea next year as part of the reorganization that has been happening within the company since Google purchased them. Only about 10% of Motorola's employees from the local research and development department will remain with the company. Those that do will be offered relocation packages.

Motorola cuts cost Google $340m, and it’s only just the beginning

Google has already incurred a massive $340m bill for severance packages and other fees due to the Motorola cuts. Unfortunately, that is only the beginning of the layoffs Google will be doing at Motorola. Google has given indications that many of the next round of layoffs will include additional regions outside of the US, according to a regulatory filing . With that, Google could be forced to incur some more fees, some of which could be quite large. When it's all said and done, Google intends to cut around a fifth of Motorola's staff. Around a third of those cuts will be in the United States, with the rest distributed to Motorola's worldwide staff. Asia is expected to be heavily affected by the layoffs. Google has not explicitly said where and when the next cuts will take place. They have also not given any indication of the total timescale for all the layoffs to happen. This obviously puts Motorola employees in an unfortunate situation of not knowing when word could come from above that their job has been downsized. Google is taking Motorola in a slightly different direction. Going forward, Motorola will have a more focused approach with their devices, which would explain why Google does need the entire large staff that Motorola was carrying. Motorola devices going forward will probably fall more in line with Google's vision. [timeline] [via SlashGear]