The latest word on the Google-Motorola Mobility merger
0. phoneArena 27 Jan 2012, 23:13 posted on
During yesterday's earnings report, Motorola Mobility gave an update on how things stand in the $12.5 billion merger with Google; although stockholders of both companies have agreed to the deal, some regulatory matters still remain although the deal is still expected to close early this year...
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1. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 293; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)
I was expecting a comment from PA on the issue above?
are you with or against?
11. roscuthiii (Posts: 2180; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I'd prefer they remain objective and have no real stance. Maybe a few editorials/opinion pieces from their staff but as a limited presence and presenting opposing viewpoints, but no actual hard stance from the site itself.
2. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)
Why cant they just buy it. Why do they need approvals from countries?
3. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i was wondering the same thing. my only guess is that they have offices/factories in those countries that require approval.
14. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
I think it's because of Google and Motorola, while being American companies, serve a world wide consumer basis.
Unlike the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, both companies only served America so only the only people that needed to approve it was the US Department of Justice, even though T-Mobile is owned by a German company.
4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I wonder what the author of that " virtually unstoppable Juggernaut " complaint thinks about apple then.
or the aspects of Microsoft - Nokia alliance?
if this deal doesn't go through, I'm afraid soon there won't be Motorola mobility to begin with!
because this despicable apple madness is destroying companies capable of creating some great products.
I say, bring on Google Juggernaut!
6. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Apple isn't a hardware manufacturer, so you can't compare Apple to Google + Motorola.
That aside, I also welcome the purchase.
8. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Ok...the iPhone is made up of parts from LG, Samsung and probably others. But they still make the phone overall.
Motorola phones are made from other parts too: Amoled screen from Samsung, LCD screen was from LG or Sony? Dont really know. T.I chip, qualcomm chips..but they still make the phone overall.
I think darac has a valid point. Apple makes the OS for the iPhone, so what will be the difference when this deal is final? And Apple does other things besides mobile phones, Motorola does too.
10. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
The difference is that Apple and Google do not touch the hardware. Motorola does. Apple does not own a manufacturer that makes their products (Not literally, anyway).
5. bikingpadres (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
I agree with you Motorola Mobility might need that extra boost from Google to stay afloat
7. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Sometimes I wonder about what in the hell these Consumer Watchdog advocate groups are really about. Like what are they doing about other real problems with mobile communications? Like the fact that something smells bad with the whole Lightsquared problem. Not be be cynical but I feel that these groups are basically full of crap and always sell out to the highest bidder. Seems like they are in someone's back pocket. Google in bed with the U.S. Government...what else is new, what company isn't or hasn't been in bed with the U.S. Government?
"Allowing the Motorola Mobility deal would provide Google with unprecedented dominance in virtually all aspects of the mobile world – manufacturing, operating systems, search and advertising. It would be a virtually unstoppable juggernaut. " What sort of trash is this? Google's OS is open source and the make no money off the OS...watchdog my ass don't even know what the hell they are even talking about. Hey as long as it is beneficial to the jobs market and allows Motorola to continue to remain viable let it roll. This wouldn't magically make Google a juggernaut in the mobile arena...that's just crap. If Google bought Samsung or partnered with Apple now that is what you would call a juggernaut. This is just a good business investment, with all the giant companies who have much greater presence in different outlets Google all of a sudden is a threat. Perhaps it's because Google is basically the youngest company to rocket to such unprecedented levels of profitability? Envious? Don't think that grown men and women are above such petty emotions, in fact it's why we get into wars and all sorts of disagreements on global scales.
9. nacixem (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
that sounds awesome - the Google Juggernaut!
13. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
That transaction should be denied since the goverment is sticking their nose in companies business....!!!
15. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
I find it funny how deals such as ATT/Tmobile Goolge/Motorola are called anit competitive, but Apple going around the world trying to banned the only OS able to stand toe to toe with them from the market places is not. I personal welcome the deal. I would love to see what Google would be able to do when they can cut out some of the red tape and actually build the phones like they want.
16. bikingpadres (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
I just don't want Motorola to go off the market so I guess I could lean either way
17. blacksmith (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)
I personally don't see a problem with it. after all, RIM does the same thing. they make their own OS, desktop software, devices and network (BBM, AppWorld, etc). I don't see this as a threat at all.