August 15, 2011

Google Buys Motorola Mobility

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And boom goes the unexpected dynamite. I am sure you heard about the one about Google and its Android OS and Motorola, manufacturer of the Droid series of phones. But let me tell it to you anyways.

So a Google employee walks into a bar and buys Motorola to “defend” Android.  

Yeah, what it lacks in humor it pays for in total, jaw dropping awe. Google now has its very own  manufacturer for its Android OS with the purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. What is this Motorola Mobility?? Well, it is the consumer side of Moto which produces the Droids and the Xoom tablets. 

There was neither a precedent nor a even suspicion that Google would go out and buy Motorola Mobility, but it works for both sides. As you may know, Motorola was the only major US manufacturer to stick with android while the likes of HTC and Samsung produce Windows Phone. Their allegiance to Android must have been a deciding factor for Google.

The pros of this relation ship are that Motorola gets official protection from Google for Android patent lawsuits and Google gets Motorola’s hoarde of patents to defend themselves against “anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”  Or so says Larry Page, Google’s CEO.  But what does this mean for the other Android manufacturers?

Some quotes are  being offered here by Android handset producers other than Motorola.  Here is Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO:

We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.

A quote from LG’s CEO and President Jong-Seok Park:

We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners.

And here is another similar quote from Bert Nordberg, Sony Ericcson’s President and CEO:

I welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners.

Starting to see a trend?  The script was written and the deal is done, so watch out other Android manufacturers. The days of having the spotlight while Moto sits in the dark may be coming to a close. 

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