Google nearly ready to auction Motorola set-top division | New Tech Gadgets & Electronic Devices | Geek.com (click for full article) Dec. 7, 2012 (12:56 pm) By: Russell Holly "When Google first acquired Motorola, it was speculated that the GOOG would start equipping Moto set top boxes with Google TV. Unfortunately, that is likely never going to happen as Google prepares to collect final bids for the set-top box (STB) division of Motorola. Motorola does a lot of business with the cable companies in selling their set-top boxes. Comcast, among other providers, uses Motorola equipment almost exclusively in some markets for both basic cable service and HD DVRs. Despite having their own smart TV platform, Google is not quite ready to deal with the mess that is the cable television industry. Motorola Mobility is incredibly valuable to Google's plans for Android, but due to the long standing legal battle with TiVo and a report that customers might be leery doing business with Google, the STB division is being auctioned off. Arris, another hardware manufacturer that does a lot of business with Comcast, is said to be one of the primary companies bidding for the Motorola hardware division. Neither Arris nor Google have been willing to comment on any bids so far, though the original schedule placed the deadline for bids for end of business today. Google can extend the deadline for bids if they choose, but the company has been trying to sell the STB division for months now. Since Google has already taken steps inside Motorola Mobility to cut 20% of the workforce in an attempt to bring the newly acquired company to profitability, Google likely needs to sell the STB division soon in order to appease shareholders. Another reason for the departure of the STB division may have been an incompatibility with Motorola's customers. Comcast, easily one of Moto's largest STB customers, was likely not the biggest fan of doing business with Google. As Comcast's biggest competitor, Verizon has partnered with Google on several pieces of legislation, and Google's vision of a free and open web doesn't exactly match Comcast's vision of the world. The two companies were most recently seen on opposite sides of SOPA, which failed due in no small part to a massive Internet-wide boycott of the laws."