On Wednesday, Motorola announced that their next smartphone, known as the “Moto X,” will be built entirely in the United States. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed this information at the D11 conference hosted by AllThingsD. Motorola is going to source the Moto X’s 1,100 components from around the world including 12 states in the U.S., Taiwan (processor), South Korea (OLED screen), but at least 70% of the components are going to be put together at a Motorola factory near Fort Worth, Texas.
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At the Motorola event in New York, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that around 1.3 million Android devices are being activated per day. About 70,000 of those activations per day are tablets. There are now about 480 million active Android devices in total out there.
Motorola is now shipping new devices with Chrome pre-installed. Usually Android phones come with different browsers, but now that Google owns Motorola… At Motorola’s “On Display” event, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside announced the first devices that Chrome will come pre-installed on. This includes the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M. Woodside also pointed out during the presentation that Google Maps and YouTube would not be coming pre-installed on Apple’s next iPhone as a way to indicate that there is nothing wrong with sending their own devices pre-installed with their own software.
Google CEO Larry Page has confirmed that Google has officially acquired Motorola Mobility. “Sanjay Jha, who was responsible for building the company and placing that big bet on Android, has stepped down as CEO. I would like to thank him for his efforts and am tremendously pleased that he will be working to ensure a smooth transition as long-time Googler Dennis Woodside takes over as CEO of Motorola Mobility,” said Page. Woodside expanded Google’s business across the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Russia. Woodside also helped Google’s revenue increase from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in under three years as the President of the Americas region.
That was fast. Ten days after Google received approval to buy Motorola, Google has replaced Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha with one of their own named Dennis Woodside. Woodside is currently Google President of Americas Operations and has worked at Google in different positions since 2003. [Bloomberg]
Nikesh Arora and Tim Armstrong were the two of the top sales leaders at Google when Armstrong was still on board. Both of them would compete with each other on how well their sales organization was. Armstrong was the head of U.S. sales and Arora was the head of Europe. Since then Armstrong quit Google to become CEO and Chairman of AOL.
Now that Tim Armstrong is gone and Arora has stepped up as the President of Global Sales Ops and Business Development at Google, there has been some shuffling around. Arora hired Dennis Woodside to replace Armstrong. Woodside is a former analyst at McKinsey that has strength in analytics and data.
Here are some of the additional changes:
- The East, West, and Central sales organizations for Google AdWords will be dissolved and they will be focusing on vertical industries.
- Print related jobs will be eliminated and will be given the opportunity to apply for other jobs within the company.
- Penry Price has become VP of agency and industry relations.
- Jon McAteer will be responsible for retail and technology clients.
- Jim Lecinski is working with B2B, consumer-packaged goods businesses, local, and healthcare clients
- Bonita Stewart is responsible for automotive, financial, media, travel, and entertainment
About two years ago, Google hired Matt Brittin from Trinity Mirror. Now Brittin will be heading up Google’s entire UK operation. Dennis Woodside, managing director of Google UK, Ireland, and Benelux will be replacing Tim Armstrong. Armstrong is the former VP of Americas that is now taking the role of AOL CEO and Chairman.
Before we were speculating that Sukhinder Cassidy would replace Armstrong, but that is no longer the case.
Brittin was on the rowing team for Great Britain in 1988 for the Olympics and won several World Championship medals. Brittin used to tbe the Director of Strategy and Digital when he was working there. He worked closely with major advertising companies.
Mark Howe currently maintains Google UK’s ad agency and will be reporting directly to Brittin. Brittin will be managing the UK while other managers will oversee Ireland and Benelux operations.