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Speculation centers on Google's Senior V.P. Nikesh Arora as Motorola Mobility's CEO post-merger

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Speculation centers on Google's Senior V.P. Nikesh Arora as Motorola Mobility's CEO post-merger
Even though the Motorola Mobility-Google merger has not yet received the final approvals necessary to close the deal, speculation is circling that if the deal does close, Google's business officer and senior VP Nikesh Arora would be tapped to run Motorola Mobility. The rumor, which was heard by Business Insider, says that Arora has been pleading for a CEO position somewhere ever since Larry Page took that spot at Google when Eric Schmidt stepped down from that position. Giving the Motorola Mobility spot to Arora is seen as a way to appease the executive so that he doesn't jump ship to a competitor.

If the rumor does pan out, Arora's current position would be filled by Dennis Woodside, currently Google's current sales lead. Neither Google nor Motorola Mobility would comment on the rumor. There are some reasons to think that the talk is nothing more than gossip. First, by putting its own man in the CEO spot at Motorola Mobility, it would call into question the independence that Google would have on things like hardware design. More importantly, it might make other Android manufacturers wonder if Motorola Mobility will be getting priority from Google on Android matters.

And what would happen to Motorola Mobility's current CEO, Sanjay Jha?. The man who spearheaded the company's revival and led the Android Invasion during the launch of the Motorola DROID hasn't said if he would stay or go post-merger. But there is a problem brewing between Jha's visions and those of Google. While Jha wants Motorola to differentiate itself from other Android makers by using a custom interface on its phones, Google wants nothing but stock Android on its models.

source: BusinessInsider via electronista

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posted on 31 Jan 2012, 23:21 7

1. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


If Motorola's phones start shipping with stock android, I think they would receive more sales, considering a lot of people prefer stock android over most android skins, such as touchwiz. I personally liked Motorola's overlay, but some people don't. Anyways, they would still be unique to any device other than nexus devices, because no one else uses stock android. Also, they have unique designs for phones. This may be a good idea if Arora becomes CEO.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 23:38 2

2. snowgator (Posts: 3201; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Stock Android only makes sense for a post-merger Motorola. I do not know why they would invest more money into a skin overlay when Google would own them. It also makes sense Nexus branded devices will be Moto.

As for the CEO position, Google owns it, it should be who they want. If Mr. Jha does leave, he will be out of a job for about 15 - 20 mins. He has done a great job turning around Moto. Can you imagine what he would do with a company with resources, like maybe heading up LG's mobile division?

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 01:11

3. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


no. Don't say sanjay jha is gonoa go to lg i hate the guy. And lg is good as it is. I love lg.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 08:22

4. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Motorola's 3D shimmer effect when sliding the home screen is kinda cool and their Smart Actions I think are better than the lame options for data that Android 4 added. Integrate those into stock and lose the rest and I'm good. Moto's email app is horrible. Others claim it is better, but it is based off of an early and buggy stock email app and IMAP doesn't work. I don't like any MFG's Social Media integration...WinPhone does better at that than Android.

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