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Windows 7: Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 bn

15 Aug 2011   #1
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 
Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 bn

From Google Blog:

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Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola.

The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences. I am confident that these great experiences will create huge value for shareholders.
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That seems to be a very good news in the technology world. Basically, they want to compete with Apple's "Own hardware own software" policy.
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15 Aug 2011   #2
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Let's hope they don't over-compete with other Android phone makers, by trying to boost their own hardware over others. Work together against Apple!
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15 Aug 2011   #3
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Since they have a VERY strong history of boosting their own products over others (and currently under investigation for some of it) within their ecosystem already, I wouldn't hold out hope for the others.

This is a weird move, fueled mostly by aquisition of patents more than anything else. Not sure exactly what they think they are going to do with the hardware platform...
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15 Aug 2011   #4
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Since they have a VERY strong history of boosting their own products over others (and currently under investigation for some of it) within their ecosystem already, I wouldn't hold out hope for the others.

This is a weird move, fueled mostly by aquisition of patents more than anything else. Not sure exactly what they think they are going to do with the hardware platform...
At least the mobile market will see some good android smart phones.
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15 Aug 2011   #5
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yay, Google ad tracking built right into your modem/router now.
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15 Aug 2011   #6
Everlong

 

Back when the Nexus One was released, it was clear that Google had bit off more than they could chew, but in the defense of Android seem to be going for as much of the patents as they can.

Google have said they'll still support the other handset manufacturers just as much still. Don't think it will affect others much. At most it will just be an outlet for future Nexus devices, or we'll see more phones with stock Android on. The 17,000 or so patents that they've gained from Motorola will help all the other Android phones as well.
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15 Aug 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I really wonder how this is going to work. I know Motorola as a very structured serious company that usually does things the traditional long way. Google on the other hand - and especially Android - is a very hectic development where mostly band aids and rubber bands are being used to hold the thing together. Two very different cultures.
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15 Aug 2011   #8
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I really wonder how this is going to work. I know Motorola as a very structured serious company that usually does things the traditional long way. Google on the other hand - and especially Android - is a very hectic development where mostly band aids and rubber bands are being used to hold the thing together. Two very different cultures.
Problem with Android at the moment is just the constant suing against it. Getting as much patents for legislation ammo will, hopefully, be able to solidify Android a bit more.
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15 Aug 2011   #9
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I really wonder how this is going to work. I know Motorola as a very structured serious company that usually does things the traditional long way. Google on the other hand - and especially Android - is a very hectic development where mostly band aids and rubber bands are being used to hold the thing together. Two very different cultures.
Problem with Android at the moment is just the constant suing against it. Getting as much patents for legislation ammo will, hopefully, be able to solidify Android a bit more.
Exactly, its all about getting more patents.
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15 Aug 2011   #10
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I really wonder how this is going to work. I know Motorola as a very structured serious company that usually does things the traditional long way. Google on the other hand - and especially Android - is a very hectic development where mostly band aids and rubber bands are being used to hold the thing together. Two very different cultures.
Problem with Android at the moment is just the constant suing against it. Getting as much patents for legislation ammo will, hopefully, be able to solidify Android a bit more.
Exactly, its all about getting more patents.
Can't blame them considering how Apple is. Just look at them with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and how it's come up showing that Apple might have edited the photos of the Galaxy Tab.
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