Motorola Mobility has removed all its Android smartphones and tablets from sale in Germany, after the company failed to overturn the court decision that they infringed the patents of devices by Microsoft and Apple.
Purchased by Google earlier this year, Motorola's German website shows just one phone for sale - the Gleam, which uses Motorola's own software and not Google’s Android.
The move comes after a Munich court ruled in September that Motorola must recall every tablet and smartphone from Germany due to an infringement of Apple’s patents.
A spokesperson for the company said: "As we have previously stated Motorola Mobility is focusing on fewer mobile devices. As a result we have phased out some of our lower tier devices in Europe/Germany."
But the Gleam is not a high end device, and this sudden withdrawal from Germany could lead to Motorola losing its European market with the increasingly popular Android phones and tablets.
Google purchased Motorola Mobility in order to gain 17,000 existing patents that would help the company fend off legal challenges from the likes of Apple and Microsoft. Motorola is currently issuing severe cuts to the company, with 4000 people losing their jobs in August.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner