Google just bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Sucks to be HTC and Samsung right now...
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Indeed, as reported...
Not too sure about that: looks to me more like Google bolstering its patent portfolio to take on the Apple iOS and Nokia's forthcoming Windows Phone ranges.
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Very interesting move by Google.
And what a trajectory for Motorola - car radios in the 1930s, powering Neil Armstrong's words from the moon during the space race, becoming one of the defining brands in emerging mobile phone market....now the offshoot of an internet company. Wow
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I think Nexus is a good example that Google has eyes on a virticaly integrated system, but we shall see.
Not to mention that Motorola Mobility is big in set-top boxes for TV, giving Google TV a potential platform...
Does Motorola Mobility = Motorola in totem, ie is there another part of the company that doesn't deal with mobile phones/tablets or is that all they do now?
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Motorola Mobility was recently spun off from the main Motorola company. What's left is called Motorola Solutions, and it does stuff like wireless voice and data systems for industry, digital point-to-point radio, barcode systems and stuff like that.
Ah ok, interesting stuff, ta.
Being no great fan of Apple I welcome the purchase but with some trepidation.
You missed ZTE.
UPDATE: This from Bloomberg - 'Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC Corp., one of the largest manufacturers of handsets based on Android, said a linkup of Mountain View, California-based Google with Motorola will strengthen “the whole Android ecosystem.”
“This is something that is important for Google to do and important for the whole Android ecosystem to do,” HTC Chief Financial Officer Winston Yung said in a phone interview. “We’re happy that Android is taking steps to strengthen its patent portfolio. It will be beneficial for the whole group, the whole camp.”'
Hopefully this will stop Apple from trying to claim they invented the smartphone/touchscreen/black rectangular devices with buttons.
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Its not just Apple that Android needs defending against. Can this defend them against Oracle (for all the borrowed Java Schmidt brought with him from Sun) and the fact that most versions of Android dont adhere to the Linux Ts + Cs? And dont forget that Apple were suing Moto Mobile anyway.
The next few years are going to get very messy for Android. Google have stepped on a lot of toes.
'StarTac' would be an awesome name for a Droid phone tho, bring it back!
Star Tac was VERY popular back in the day. Sadly, there is pretty much no demand for flip phones anymore; at least not in all the focus groups I've sat through.
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I've just heard on sky news that apple has more money in the bank, than the united states, although i don't dis-like apple i think it is time apple had some competition.
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