Google acquires Mike and Maaike, the design studio that created the G1

Google acquires Mike and Maaike, the design studio that created the G1
Buried inside a lengthy Bloomberg recap of the Google-Motorola deal, was a little known fact - that Google has recently bought Mike and Maaike, the San Francisco design studio that created the first Android phone - the G1.

The industrial design shop has worked creating the outer appearances of products from Belkin and Microsoft, and it looks like Google might be paying attention now to the design of its Android gadgets as much as it does to expanding the software functionality.

The newly appointed Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside was cited to say after the acquisition went through the other day, that “Google has always been interested in hardware. The natural next step is for us to get even more serious and to really go for it.

Mike and Maaike have some minimalistic, yet still pretty wacky stuff in their design portfolio, which you can browse through on their site in the source link below. Our favorite is the Baja BBQ set you see below.



1. grif_

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

theyre going to design motorola's nexus model.

2. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Can wait to see what they come up with :)

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

google is rolling up sleeves to fight against iphone and nokia in terms of hardware design.if google brings premium models along with quick updation of software,then google will be no 1 king in the market in terms of os and design.

4. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Updation is now my word of the day!!

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOLcat! = ^-.-^=

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