How do you see Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility?

How do you see Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility?
In what has been the news of the day, and probably weeks to follow, Google announced that it's going to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. While this is surely exciting, we shouldn't rush to take it as the greatest thing to happen to the industry in recent memory, for anything that has positive aspects, surely has some negative ones as well. Obviously, this move will make Android way better protected in those patent fights that have become so common lately. With Motorola's 17,000 issued patents, we wouldn't doubt that the company that brought you the cell phone will be pretty useful in this area. Google is also pretty firm in its stance that Android will remain open and approachable by any manufacturer that's willing to jump on the bandwagon. Finally, it's been said that even Google's own Nexus line will continue to be made by various manufacturers, so it seems Moto won't get a friendly push there.

And even though these guys are trying to convince us that all manufacturers within the Android ecosystem are to remain equal, we just can't shake this feeling inside, telling us that it's highly-likely for Motorola phones to start getting software updates that bit earlier than others. And if Google is really devoted to that acquisition, and isn't buying Motorola for its patents alone (which makes this acquisition so much less interesting for us), we surely doubt that stuff like the Blur UI is going to stay in the long run. Something is surely going to change, we just don't know what it is yet. But enough speculation, let us hear what you think about this!

How do you see Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility?

I'm totally in for it!
60.15%
I guess this will at least balance the patent war.
23.43%
I'm a bit hesitant. How is this supposed to help Android OS?
12.35%
It's just a waste of money.
4.06%

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56 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nothing but good can come from this. Google NOW has the ammunition to protect Android, HTC & Samsung from the ultimate patent troll Apple. This will be good for the mobile industry because NOW EVERYONE can concentrate on making BETTER phones & tablets, NOT who has the better legal team. WIN WIN for all!

3. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Yes, this is best for everyone. Except Nokia and Microsoft, but they dug that ditch.

14. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I think its pretty confusing for one. Didn't Motorola JUST say it would "protecting its IP" from other Android manufacturers, so if Google is in charge of Moto, doesn't that mean that they are gonna be in charge of striking down OEMs?

17. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

exactly... and they also made a statement saying they wud look into windows phones... guess none of all that will happen... but i don't see how this will help htc, it pretty much just helps google... and--i personally think this might backfire for google with companies such as htc because they will not be protected by google, who is just (dare i say by cheating) saving their own butt... htc lg etc won't get the special android treatment and might turn to the wp7 approach...

19. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Again why would Google not want as many manufacturers to carry their OS as possible, do you think that they are going to put the life of Android into one basket. Maybe they will begin to release these makers phones under a Google name ex. the "Google Awesome" (made by Samsung) to protect it with its new found wealth of patents.

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

there are actually happy about this and yes they can cover on Google's new patents sine they are using the android system Google can help them with this..... they simply can defend now an why is it cheating?

48. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

or they might turn to WebOS, MeeGo or if samsung allows it bada.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

1. it was a rumor saying that moto would do that, not a fact 2. when that was said there was not an agreement yet, now that Google owns Motorola things change. hopefully for the better

24. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

It's great for me, since Samsung will now push bada even more : )

26. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

lol you LOVE bada, don't you? :P

49. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I do lika bada, yes : ) I also like MeeGo and WebOS.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Wow...just....wow.... First the sketches...now this...all the claims of protecting their innovations are becoming less and less believable...and the claims of being scared of the competition are becoming more and more real. I so hope Samsung wins this case.

39. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

wow apple is shady as hell for that i just read the report

43. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

NeXoS I am so glad you asked that question. They report everything else, yet this they don't. I was at AndroidAndMe.com & when I read that I was waiting for PhoneArena.com report it so I can post on it. Maybe PhoneArena.com is showing their true colors? I mean they did 2 blind camera comparison which are supposedly 100% biased, yet they used the iPhone 4 2 times. Mmm if that is not shady than what is? What about the Nokia N8? Why not use that phone instead of the iPhone 4? PhoneArena.com needs to address this article that appeared on AndroidAndMe.com or maybe they SHOULD change their name to iPhoneArena.com. I am glad you called them out, because I would have done it tomorrow morning if they didn't post anything about that article. It's been more than 8 hours & STILL no mention of that article on PhoneArena.com.

53. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow my reply to you comment NeXoS was actually removed because I guess I got under their skin. I said that I would call them out if I didn't see any mention of this article. They finally mentioned the article a FULL day late! I think PhoneArena.com does have a bias toward Apple because they censored everything I said. I also brought up the fact the they have had 2 blind phone comparisons & included the iPhone 4 both times. I called out PhoneArena.com for doing that & I guess they didn't like that also. I think the blind camera phone tests are for the iPhone 4 only because it's the same phone vs. different phones on BOTH tests. Also PhoneArena.com why won't you test the Nokia N8? I am very upset with PhoneArena.com & their censorship. It looks like it's NOT PhoneArena.com, BUT more like iPhoneArena.com. Losing credibility very fast iPhoneArena.com! I guess there is not free speech in iPhoneArena.com huh? It’s not like I used foul language, it’s straight censorship what they did to my comment!

55. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

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2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think this was a great idea! I've being wanting something like this to happen

4. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I like it honestly. Gives Google their best chance to compete with the iPhone on a phone basis.

5. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

NOOOOOOOOO, it gives Google a chance to compete with the iDiotPhone on a laptop basis, check yourself before you post. Captain Redundency

11. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Maybe I should have clarified my point. Even though Android is the number one phone OS, no Android Device sells like the iPhone, Google releasing their own line of phones on all carriers that's actually made in house, gives them the best shot of beating Apple in the battle to have the top selling smartphone.

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ahem... nexus?

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

nexus is not on all carriers :/ and not available everywhere

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If Google can have Verizon's Droid marketing behind a Nexus phone....it could help. Help...but thats it. But you're right...no Nexus phone has been really popular with the general public. Better advertising might have helped it. The only way for it to truly compete against the iPhone is to only use Motorola tho. So I hope that doesnt happen. The iPhone has a specific market, Android has a specific market. Let them rule their respective markets.

20. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Now you are trying to take business from the makers helping to push your OS. Don't you think they want their OS to rule not a single device? Aquiring Moto Mobile is about patents for Google, operating capitol for Moto.

6. lubbalots unregistered

The purpose of this buy is to bail out moto, financially. Moto can not compete with HTC or Samsung. And helps defend the patent war. What innovation can come out of this? Probably not much. Motorola did well initially with android but not anymore because android competition is more fierce. This one of the main reasons why Elop of nokia did not choose android. Moto/google compete with iphone! No! Moto can't even compete with HTC or samsung. This buy is all about the patent and saving motod neck.

25. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Elop is a wuss. The smartphone market share is still small. There's plenty of room for all the major Android OEMs to win.

7. Razer2911 unregistered

So can we presume that the next Nexus phone would be from Motorola?

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

could be could be not, it could also mean we may see some atrix like features on ICS

9. lolno unregistered

If Google begins to give Moto an edge within android. Where does that leave HTC, Samsung and SE? I´m sure Samsung will manage, they are big enough but SE and HTC will probably be stuck in a problematic situation. Maybe they´ll turn to meego? Suddenly Nokia's strategy (or lack of it) doesn´t seem that crazy anymore. I wouldn´t be surprised at all if MS buys up Nokia in order to secure their patents. I fu**ing love this industry :) Way better than TV!

27. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

NOK is so cheap right now, it would be sweet to see a hostile takeover of Nokia by Google! Combined, Google would have 27,000 patents, 7k more than Microsoft and 3x more than Apple!

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