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Google CEO Larry Page Comments on Motorola Purchase; So do HTC, Samsung & Others

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  1. dgstorm

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    Obviously the big news for the day, is that Google is set to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion dollars. Speculation as to the motivation of the acquisition has been running rampant across the internet. Most of it focused on the assumption that the primary reason is that Google wants Motorola's patents so they can help protect the Android ecosystem as a whole. That particular theory turns out to be spot on. Here's a quote from CEO of Google, Larry Page, from a post he wrote on Google's blog,
    For folks that worry this may change the landscape of Android and impact it in a negative way, he elaborated further by saying,
    This is a pretty brilliant move on Google's part. It's too bad they have to resort to these maneuvers in order to simply protect their ability to innovate and compete in the marketplace, but at least they are not "rolling over."

    Interestingly, several of Android's primary smartphone manufacturer's have also sounded off on the issue, and so far have nothing but praise for the move by Google. In fact, here are quotes from HTC, Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson:
    It's actually pretty exciting to see Google flexing its muscle in preparation to start actively defending 'Andy'. Obviously the other side benefit to this acquisition (which could also be a potential negative) is that Google will be able to further enforce quality control on the Android ecosystem. Even though that means Android will be a bit less "open", as long as they don't get too heavy-handed with it, this will probably end up being a net positive. What do you think?

    Source: BGR and SlashGear
     
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    Those statements from Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony are too similar. Their choice of words are way too similar for it to be a coincidence. Obviously, they were coached into saying those statements. I can under the Google's partner's facade welcoming them publically because you don't bite the hand that feeds you. But, deep down you know they're going to be concerned.

    One of the underlying reason for a software company to acquire a hardware company is to make hardware. Google pursuing a hardware path in direct competition of own their partners, eludes to the notion that they aren't satisfied in available hardware for the the presentation of their intellectual properties. Though, Motorola Mobility's patent portfolio is a bonus for Google since they missed out on Nortel Network's patents last month.
     

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