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Google to Acquire Motorola for $12.5 Billion

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Rich Brome

Aug 15, 2011, 8:33 AM


I'll be honest. I didn't see this coming. Anyone else?
I first heard about it on the morning news, I was absolutly shocked! I'm curius if Motorola will keep their name.
I was wondering how something big like this could happen without any leaks. Kinda like the AT&T T-Mobile Merger.
I could see this altering the lineup of devices Motorola will launch that get direct updates and support from Google. Much like the Nexus One got its SW updates. Google has kept a lid tight on this without leaks, who knows where they will take this!
Although it may have been on the back room discussions at Google, As recently as a couple days ago Motorola was looking to 'differentiate' itself from other Android licensees and was actually going to wage war against the Android ecosystem:

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I did not even have a hint about it. It makes sense that they would buy Moto. Everyone is after google because of its fast growth and exceptional services. This will help them make a lot more improvements to Android and bring them into the production ...
to strengthen the Android patent portfolio and defense. I did not see Motorola coming by a long shot. I suspected they would go after smaller companies, likely hardware component manufacturers and designers, but not an entire mobile phone company li...
I envisioned a major purchase coming on the behalf of Google. However, this was not what I expected.

But to be honest, my main concern in all of this, is the extreme possibility that innovation can or will be temporarily stifled by moves like this...
I really didn't see this coming. I knew google was looking to acquire more patent rights, I never dreamed they would accomplish that by buying the mobility division of Motorola. Very, very interesting. Potentially a game-changer. They're going to have...

Aug 15, 2011, 3:25 PM

Stinks to be HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Dell, etc...

The only good thing for these companies is Motorola's (ancient, keep in mind this company hasn't produced anything groundbreaking in nearly a decade) patent portfolio is a suitable defense. Considering they were already fighting a losing battle with Microsoft and Apple has plans in the works, it's probably only valid against Oracle (though don't expect Oracle to back down after the Rubin emails.)

But the bigger problem is that a hardware manufacturer now has inside access to Android's source code (Android isn't really 'open' , much of the source code remains proprietary.) This leaves manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung with no competitive leverage. As long as Motorola is under Google's umbrella, you'd better believe Google is going to t...
"keep in mind this company hasn't produced anything groundbreaking in nearly a decade"
Wrong -- see original Droid

"Android isn't really 'open' , much of the source code remains proprietary."
Wrong -- you may have mistaken Android for Apple ...

Aug 15, 2011, 10:57 AM

I wonder

if this will effect other manufacturers like HTC. Will the Google/Motorola mobile make Android exclusive to it's own hardware after this?
Mossberg said:
if this will effect other manufacturers like HTC. Will the Google/Motorola mobile make Android exclusive to it's own hardware after this?

Naaa, Im sure there will be a few Android adopters butt hurt ...
If Google wanted an exclusive deal on a manufacturer in exchange for a slightly larger cut of hardware profit, they already would have done it with HTC.

Google wants Android on as many phones as possible so people will use Google services and incre...
It will still be free and open source with the same terms and agreements for licensing it. This is mostly a move, IMHO, to strengthen Android against lawsuits, as well it is an area Google can make even more money.

But they have said the two compa...

Aug 15, 2011, 8:55 AM

RIM Next

Google domination for this world will be buying RIM next and battle Apple and M$.
between good and evil

Aug 15, 2011, 10:38 AM


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