Google got itself a Motorola: will this change the Android landscape?
0. phoneArena 15 Aug 2011, 09:10 posted on
Google will keep the Nexus brand, and will run Motorola as a separate reporting entity. The main reason for the acquisition seems to be Motorola's 17 000 patents, and 7 500 patent applications, which should put Android litigation to rest...
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1. mr. sarcasm (unregistered)
Finally, I see this turning into an old fashioned "meet me at the slide after school, battle"
2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Now google has the patents to smack apple back and save the other manufacturers. Maybe this will mean more google branded moto phones and less blur from motorola. No offence to those that like blur, there isnt anything wrong with it... I'd just like to see more high quality vanilla phones being pumped out.
14. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
none taken. Motorola phones are really the best phones to go Vanilla with.
24. Irad123 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
though I maust say, the gingerBlur UI of the gingerbread motos is one of the best UI out there, so I wish to see more of that...
25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, so far the best experience aside from stock you can get on a Motorola phone is on the Droid 3. it's "Gingerblur" is leagues ahead of what's on the Photon, Atrix & X2 for some reason...
3. Bob (unregistered)
This deal screams 3 words..
F U Apple! :)
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, I'm surprised, AND I think this makes sense. Motorola is second only to HTC in the extent to which it has embraced Android, and its patent portfolio is in the strongest position to protect Android against Apple and the like.
I think this is what Jha REALLY meant when he made those comments that everyone viewed as traitorous.
The next several months will be very interesting indeed... what do you want to bet that Apple will scream "foul!"?
5. The Truth Squad (unregistered)
I wonder if Steve Jobs got much sleep last night. Reminds me of the bully showing up at a fight with a knife to find he is facing a AK47. Great move, Google!
6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Google is an extremely SMART company. They will not be bullied by Apple. Google HAS a responsibility to protect Android & Android's partners, most notably HTC & Samsung. By acquiring Motorola, those 17,000+ patents will drastically change Android's fate in the long run. Apple now can't compete with Google in the patent war & should FINALLY stop this belligerent attack on Android, HTC, & Samsung. I believe Google WILL keep Android open. If it ain't broke, don't fix it motto definitely applies. Android is #1 because of this & Motorola's future acquisition to Google will not affect this one bit. Now Google can concentrate & make killer phones. I guess it's safe to say Motorola will now make the Nexus Prime. Since Texas Instruments looks to be the chip on the next Nexus phone, & Motorola's great relationship with TI, it's got to be a no brainer. The future is extremely BRIGHT. I am VERY excited for Google & Android.
23. JayQ330 (Posts: 56; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
i wonder if moto has any "cellular radio use in a box case design patent" kind of like apples crazy patents, hopefully they take something from apple for all the BS apple's been causing. headlines always mention microsoft as the bad guy, but theyre just doing it for profit & still lets them live by paying royalties...but its apple who just wants android to disappear out of sheer pussieness!
7. Timmay (unregistered)
That and the thousand IBM patents. Yeah Apple had better be glad it hasn't tried suing Google directly. By the way I second that motion, Fu¢k you apple. Fyi I personally liked apple on Facebook just so I can wake up every morning and go to their page and degrade them like the little Susan's they are.
20. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Your life must be a very sad existence.
8. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
The article already said that the nexus process will remain unchanged and all manufacturers will still have to submit designs for the nexus. Motorola gets no preference. All the rumors point to a samsung nexus prime.
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Well remixfa it's all rumors & stuff can change. I was just stating an opinion & it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Motorola makes a Nexus phone. You are probably right that Samsung might be making the new Nexus. Samsung's Nexus S had a bit of issues & maybe just maybe Motorola can step up & make a Nexus Prime for Google. Again this is all just speculation, but I see what you are saying! lol
19. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, the nexus part isnt speculation, they asked google that and they said the process for all android and nexus stuff is unchanged.
I wouldnt mind seeing a moto-nexus. As long as i dont see a hawuaii nexus, I think im fine.. lol.
maybe apple will realize how much of a smackdown they just got and submit for an apple nexus.. lol. i think I'd fall out of my chair.
21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4791; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
lol Could you imagine? THAT would be funny! I too would fall out of my chair! lol
10. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Good for Google.
Google makes money off advertising.
Tiered data plans, and capped data speeds allow less advertising.
Google should lobby for unlimted/uncapped data to protect itself and its customers.
11. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
this is a happy day for Android..where r the sheep at today?..its been very quite today lmao
12. DKMDROID (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
I like the way Google thinks i guess this was only for the patents? still.... not a bad idea but id love to see if maybe google comes up with a unique UI (launcher) would love to see the posssibilies that lie ahead for google although id lve to see more vanila android devices around thankfully Steve will go bark up somebody elses tree hopefully Blackberry or nokia...
15. rockeye (unregistered)
So does this mean we should see another delay for the Bionic? Sounds like as good a reason as any to push back the release date.
16. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
Yea but Apple isn't suing google they're going after the phone makers. Apple might not be able to sue google but going after HTC is still on I would think.
18. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
MS is suing Moto right now, for the same license fees HTC and others are paying to MS for using Android.
Once those license contracts are up (have no clue how they do those deals), HTC and others may be able to stop paying MS.
This deal gives Google a reason to jump into the middle of this mess. IF the moto patents actually can apply.
If the patents CAN'T really apply then it could be a bluff situation, where companies may back down because Google has money to throw around. Though I am guessing both Apple and MS know what Moto holds.
Basically Google could go to both Apple and MS and say... back off, or we can go to the mattresses.
17. DKMDROID (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
I realize that but with google backing up more patents the point is that maybe it will help manufacterers that use the google os in this case htc .... but i think the main focus google should have is have more phones that have the google os working better with the hardware dont u think? people have power issues with android and other issues that make and break a sale of an android device dont u think that once google get android to work in perfect harmony with its hardware wouldnt it be a proper force to be reckoned with ... although for that to work i guess there would have to be stanardised hardware requirements..... which google isnt fond of and interupts the whole openess of the OS
22. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
This was out the blue...new google had plans but did not ever think this was going to be it...great move by Google...lol its like a chess game...