Google’s acquisition of Motorola may lead to stronger and more stable implementations of the Android platform and may reduce fragmentation of the OS
- Google may not limit itself exclusively to mobile. Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business.
- A major part of the acquisition is the turnover of 17,000 of Motorola’s patents with an additional 7,000 pending–we can’t know what that will mean for the future.
- Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch specifically mentioned Google may try to pump energy into creating set-top boxes. “I think everybody wants to go that route,” Tillett said. Our devices – microwaves, refrigerators, toasters, etc. – are very independent, he said, and the vision for the future is that things work together. “For instance, my iPad can control my home stereo and my TV. You could probably build some scenarios where you’re on your way home from work and you’re missing some TV show, and you want to record it. And you want to turn on the popcorn machine,” he added. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity to make our devices work better.”
It should be noted the Google/Motorola deal is not final. Assuming the acquisition passes antitrust regulation, it isn’t expected to close until late 2011 or early 2012. The New York Times reported that Google said during their Aug. 15 conference call that they were confident the deal would be approved since it would improve competition in the smartphone market.
Additional sources and reading:
Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5B, Says “Android Will Stay Open”
Google-Motorola Deal: Implications on Smartphone Sector
Google, needing patents, buys Motorola wireless for $12.5 billion
Google’s Bid For Motorola Changes Mobile Landscape
Quotes from Android partners
What Google lost—and gained—by not buying Motorola in 2010
Why Google Bought Motorola
Why the Google-Motorola Deal Is About More Than Mobile Phones
Google-Motorola Deal Positive for Apple; iPhone Maker to Strike Back