Entries with tag motorola mobility.

Motorola Bringing Smartphone Manufacturing to US

Motorola Mobility announced it will assemble its new smartphone, the Moto X, in Fort Worth, Texas, making it the first smartphone to be assembled in significant numbers in the United States since the launch of the iPhone, according to Motorola officials. It is also the first smartphone to be designed by the company since being acquired by Google. Most smartphones are assembled in East Asia. Flextronics, a global contract manufacturer working on the project with Motorola, has reportedly leased a 481,000-square-foot factory in Fort Worth and has begun recruiting the nearly 2,000 workers needed to assemble the phones. The plant was initially built by Nokia, which closed the facility in 2007. US assembly is a growing trend in the tech industry with Lenovo, Apple Computer, and Google issuing statements of intent to produce  devices in the states. The Motorola plant is located in a foreign trade zone, a bonus for exporters as is its proximity to the international airport, a FedEx shipping hub, and an AT&T distribution center. Motorola still has manufacturing operations in Brazil and China. (The Dallas Morning News)(The Associated Press @ Newsday)

Preliminary Antitrust Finding Made Against Google Subsidiary in Europe

Google’s Motorola Mobility, a telecommunications equipment maker, is abusing its dominant position in the EU by seeking and enforcing an injunction against Apple in Germany related to mobile phone patents, according to an initial antitrust review by the European Commission. The EC launched its investigation to determine whether Motorola Mobility is abusing its industry-essential patents to prohibit sales of products by competitors. Motorola Mobility reportedly sought an injunction against Apple in Germany regarding use of a patent related to the European Telecommunications Standardization Institute’s General Packet Radio Service standard for data, despite Apple’s offer to pay royalties. The patent in question is The EC preliminarily found that Motorola’s actions harm competition and result in less consumer choice. The next step before the EC makes formal antitrust charges is for the parties to submit responses to the initial findings and request a hearing. (Computerworld)(The New York Times)(European Commission)

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