Rumor: Motorola Lay Offs Mean Less Than a Dozen Phones a Year

PhoneScoop has heard that Motorola is going lay off up to half of its handset division and cut the number of phones it brings out per year to less than a dozen.

We'd heard about the layoffs and Androids push, but not that drastic. If they're cutting half of the handset division, what's happening to the huge 350-man Android team? It was already going to take them until Christmas to pop out a phone.

Moto's also apparently going to be a no-show at CTIA, a wireless trade show that's the biggest one in North America (though totally dwarfed by Mobile World Congress). Granted, since CTIA is typically more of a CDMA venue and Sprint's already popped their big phone (the Pre), it might be a crappy show this year anyway, but I digress. If true, it suggests Motorola's got nothing to show, and definitely nothing of the Android variety, even in its earliest fetal form, which would go a long way to restoring some confidence in the company.

No wonder Motorola's not letting anyone jump on lifeboats headed toward HMCS RIM. [Phonescoop]