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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Google will buy phone maker Motorola Mobility

    Breaking: 08/15/2011


    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings for $12.5 billion in cash. It's by far Google's biggest acquisition and a sign the online search leader is serious about expanding beyond its core Internet business and setting the agenda in the fast-growing mobile market.


    Google's Android operating system runs smartphones that compete with iPhones, BlackBerrys and Windows-based mobile devices. Motorola Mobility was separated from the rest of Motorola in January. The company has remade itself as a maker of smartphones based on Android, but has struggled against Apple Inc. and Asian smartphone makers.

    "Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies," said Google CEO Larry Page in a statement. "Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers."
    The acquisition has the approval of both companies' boards and is expected to close by the end of this year or early 2012. That may be overly ambitious, however, as the deal is likely to face regulatory scrutiny. It dwarfs Google's previous biggest deal, the 2008 purchase of DoubleClick for $3.2 billion, which took a year to get approval.


    What Google likely wants from the acquisition is Motorola's trove of more than 17,000 patents on phone technology. Google recently lost out to a consortium that included Microsoft, Apple and Research In Motion. in bidding for thousands of patents from Novell, a maker of computer-networking software, and Nortel Networks, a Canadian telecom gear maker that is bankrupt and is selling itself off in pieces


    Motorola has nearly three times more patents than Nortel.



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  2. ChrisG8

    ChrisG8 Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know this was coming. That is a big price to pay for that company but I know nothing about the smart phone market except now I know that Google better become very big in the market, very fast, for that acquisition to make sense. I don't believe licensing and litigating patent rights can make enough to justify that kind of acquisition.
     
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    One aspect that was not mentioned is how this could affect Google TV. Motorola Mobility also makes DVRs, STB, and cable modems. Now imagine if GTV is added to some of the models. This could be huge for GTV.
     
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    Very true, and they DID buy Sage TV so maybe this a way for them to synergize their software and hardware assests. Though, as an open-platform vendor, this might cause concern with their current OEM relationships.
     
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    Why Google’s Motorola acquisition is a huge TV play - Lost Remote
     
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    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    It all looks and sounds good for us,
    let's hope we all can benefit from all this shortly.:cool:
     
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    Did google ever intend to make GTV for cord cutters? That may have been the misconception from the start; perhaps why content owners fear it. The moto purchase may help to ease the relationship between google and content owners. GTV does have movie apps so that helps somewhat but there are no sports content apps. At least not so far.

     
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    If Google owns a manufacturer like Motorola, then why contract with Logitech, Sony and Samsung for the manufacture of GTV devices? The sooner we have Motorola-only Google TV's, the better. Streamline the process/do everything in-house, I say. But the financial wheeling-dealing happens fast; not so, the distribution of a product (or "software update").
     
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    I heard Google is trying to beat MS for Mega Company status..

    @ Chicha29.. what do you own?
     
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