Android pushes Motorola into black

Finally, there’s some good news for Motorola.

The U.S.-based cell phone maker reported today that its mobile device unit posted an operating profit for the first time since 2006. The company had not expected this unit to turn a profit until next year. Motorola, which announced third quarter earnings, also posted better-than-expected sales of its Google Android – powered smartphones.

 

The mobile device unit generated $3 million in operating profit in the third quarter. This was up from an operating loss of $183 million in the same period a year ago. Motorola’s total profit for the company also grew to $109 million, or 5 cents per share. This compares with $12 million, or 1 cent per share, during the third quarter last year.

 

Revenue was up 6 percent to $5.8 billion, compared with $5.4 billion last year.

 

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