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Old 08-15-2011, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My first thought was, "What the...?"

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(Reuters) - Google Inc will buy phone hardware maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for $12.5 billion to bolster adoption of its Android mobile software and compete with smartphone rival Apple Inc.

In its biggest deal to date, Google said it would pay $40 per share in cash, a 63 percent premium to Motorola Mobility's Friday closing price on the New York Stock Exchange.

"What it says is that Google wants to provide a total experience that's hardware and software (like Apple)," said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.
After thinking about it a minute, it really makes perfect sense.

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Earlier this month, fresh from losing a bid to buy thousands of patents from bankrupt Nortel, Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond blasted Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and "other companies," accusing them of colluding to hamper the increasingly popular Android software by buying up patents.

A source close to the deal said Google swooped in to buy Motorola Mobility after losing out on Nortel's patents.

"It is much more than just a patent sale. It is obviously more than a strategy shift for Google that is very significant," the source said.
I mean, since Google didn't get to snap up the patents they wanted, why not just buy one of the companies that already hold them? They get the patents as well as the ability to make phones like they want to make for Android. It looks like a win-win situation for consumers to me.

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Since I own a Motorola phone, I am loving this. Hope that I can get things like IceCream Sandwich onto my phone sooner since I have a device now owned by the company that makes it. Will be great to see what comes of this.

Google already asked the judge to not allow a witness for Microsoft in their case against Motorola. Claiming that they released some source code that is supposed to be protected....how that can happen in an open source project I don't know. But it has been done.
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This seems like a very good move for Google. They get one of the leading Android manufactures plus a lot of important patents on cellular technology for a very reasonable price compared to what the Nortel patents sold for.

I'm not sure how much this will change for existing Motorola devices but at the very least I would expect all future updates to be motoblur free which is certainly a good thing.

I'd also say we can guess who will be making the next nexus device. Motorola has always made quality hardware so now that Google will be handling the software side of things we should see some great phones in the future.
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Motorblur as it stands now with the Gingerbread update is not bad. I prefer it over TouchWiz used by Samsung. They have made great improvements to it for the latest update.

It does make sense for Google to do this. Kinda makes sense why the Gingerbread update got pushed out so fast after it went to testing. It was only 2 days after the Soak tester's got it that it went OTA.

There was a method to the madness now. It all is starting to make sense now.
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Android becoming a closed system in 3, 2, 1..

Motorola makes a few good phones though, and the Xoom was nearly good, it makes sense. Tighter control over both the hardware and software will help them break into Apples seemingly untouchable Tablet market control.

I'm all for some good Android tablets.
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makes total sense. google needs patents, a lot of them, and motorola has them. even better, motorola majkes some of the best phones in the world (atrix 4g, photon, droid 3, droid x2...) and so now google can control what the phones consist of.

but one question. it doesnt make sense now for the next nexus to be made by samsung, as suggested by everyone. shouldnt motorola make it?
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Android becoming a closed system in 3, 2, 1..

Motorola makes a few good phones though, and the Xoom was nearly good, it makes sense. Tighter control over both the hardware and software will help them break into Apples seemingly untouchable Tablet market control.

I'm all for some good Android tablets.
Technically it already is. If you read up in the news lately about how Google and its manufacturers have lost their GPL License due to the fact they don't release their source code. But the fact is that only the Android Kernel is GPL. That is published, so that is technically the only thing that is open source.

The various version, such as Honeycomb for tablets, has very proprietary software that isn't openly available. That is where Google was smart to adopt the APL or Adaptive Public License. There they can keep various aspect of their software closed as well as open source.

Much like how Apple used the BSD License to create their software and close off their software. So really this will not change anything. As they already closed off part of it.

Google already said the companies will remain apart. MM will do what they do and Google gets access to their patents for their legal battles against Microsoft and Apple.
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Google already said the companies will remain apart. MM will do what they do and Google gets access to their patents for their legal battles against Microsoft and Apple.
Oh so everything will look to be the same as before. I understand.
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but one question. it doesnt make sense now for the next nexus to be made by samsung, as suggested by everyone. shouldnt motorola make it?
It's hard to say how the Nexus phones will be impacted. Samsung has a substantial advantage when it comes to competing for them as they can bring a lot of exclusive technology to the table like Super AMOLED displays and their own processor designs that other manufacturers can't match.
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