Microsoft has been circling Motorola too, now claims Windows Phone is the only "equal opportunity" platform

Microsoft has been circling Motorola too, now claims Windows Phone is the only
Rumor has it that Microsoft has been kicking tires to purchase Motorola as well, and Google hasn't been the only candidate lured by the relatively low price for an already-restructures company, and its valuable patent portfolio.

This might have been the reason why Google swooped in and grabbed Moto yesterday for $12.5 billion, right after CEO Sanjay Jha started commenting that Motorola might jump on the Android patent licensing gravy train or welcome Windows Phone as well last week. Google was apparently so eager for the deal to materialize, that agreed on a $2.5 billion penalty clause in case it didn't, which is quite a bit more than usual.

Redmond undoubtedly sees the opportunity to lure disappointed Android manufacturers into increasing their share of Windows Phone handsets, now that everyone is fearful Google will give Motorola preferable treatment with new editions of Android. Andy Lees, the Windows Phone Director, said in a statement that Microsoft's mobile OS is now the only platform that provides "equal opportunity for all partners".

Probably he should have added "if we subtract the Nokia Windows Phone preferential treatment, that is", since the terms of Nokia's deal with Microsoft include large cash payments, as well as exclusive access to the nuts and bolts of future Windows Phone updates.

source: Twitter & GigaOm

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28 Comments

1. DKMDROID

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

I don't think Google will favour Motorola just because of yesterdays acquisition the way I see it it'll make no sense to see that happen and they gave no reason to die themselves down to own company when their OS is the most distributed due to the fact that they supply multiple companies I'm sure their smarter than that unlike Microsoft ... they will be giving Nokia the go ahead to customize WP7 now that's what call unfair

2. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

That is a microsoft lie. The deal with Nokia makes WP/ not equal to all partners. The OS that is equal to all parnters is MeeGo, and maybe WebOS if HP will license it .(Samsung owns bada, and they decide what to do with it, so that's why i only say WebOS and MeeGo)

6. AK unregistered

You and your crazy BADA.... LADA, bulls**t

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

bada is a fantastic OS. Check it out, it leaves WP7 and IOS in the dust

28. Corgan Bruce III, Esquire unregistered

No offense, brother, but as long as Bada is Samsung and is on Samsung hardware, it is sh*t. Samsung is waaaaay overated. Where I work, everyone carrying a Galaxy phone or even a flip-style Samsung has had it replaced. Samsung is too high on themselves. I heard one of their reps say that they have the lowest return ratio in the industry, but I promise, from what I've seen personally, that's changing. Good luck with your Bada, kid. Don't they have like a "BadaForums" or something where you can go to orgasim?

26. brant

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

I do agree about the Nokia/wp partenship being unfair to other wp partners. But Pete you are like the biggest bada fan i have seen.

27. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I am a big bada fan : ) Perhaps you should look at a video of bada 2.0.1 and you'll se why (just remember that the videos of bada 2.0.1 are beta, so they will be more laggy and buggy than the final version)

3. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Microsoft is so angry.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Probably he should have added "if we subtract the Nokia Windows Phone preferential treatment, that is", since the terms of Nokia's deal with Microsoft include large cash payments, as well as exclusive access to the nuts and bolts of future Windows Phone updates." Really.....what the hell....does MS make announcements and thinks no one's paying attention?

5. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Say what you will, but 12.5 Billion is 12.5 BILLION! There HAVE to be some returns on that investment. This could change the game. Maybe Meego or WebOS still stand a chance after all?

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Motorola has the tools needed to make the Android at home project run smooth and with Google holding that on their hands they can roll it out for everyone. They will get money from manufacturers that want compatible stuff for their devices

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What? The other manufacturers aren't upset about this. They know that Moto's patent portfolio is necessary to protect themselves. I wish this CNN bulls**t would stop being propagated.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

People actually believe half the.stuff CNN says? Its my least source for news because their are selective and give many favoritism

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

When it comes to tech CNN is so deep in Apple's pocket it's almost comical. They have an entire blog called Apple 2.0 which, you guessed it, does nothing but tell everyone why Apple is awesome. Also last night they ran an article called "Why the Google-Moto deal may not result in better phones" The entire story claims that all the Android manufacturers are scared out of their wits by the deal and will abandon Android. It also says that the "user friendly iPhone" will become more dominant in the market because of this deal. It doesn't even recognize how unlikely this possibility is. I mean, could you be any more of a schill, CNN?

14. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

You know, i actually belive that the other manufacturers do not like this deal, as Google very likely will start manufacturing their own phones. Though i dont think this will benefit Apple. I htink that this deal will benefit MeeGo, WebOS and bada, as the manufacturers will turn to other OSes than Android. Possibly WP7 might benefit from this, but as MS has a special deal with Nokia, the ither manufactureres will look to MeeGo, licensing WebOS from HP. And of course Samsung will push bada.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Google already said that it intends to leave Motorola virtually alone. If making the phones themselves will be so bad for Android in the first place, Google's going to know that and they won't pull it off.

17. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I think that if Google spends 12.5 billion dollars, they are going to want to get that money back. they don't pay that much money to only get access to patents. I think that there is a 90 % chance that Google will start making their own phones.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have heard that too. They are gonna call it the Nexus and pick what carriers it is on and everything. Oh, wait a minute ......

20. Gcombs unregistered

I agree Google will start making their own devices as well letting other Android manufacturers use the patents they've gained with the acquisition of Motorola in future Android devices.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

they can make nexus from moto only and manufacturers would not care, as long as they get the source wish fresh ideas on their minds they will keep producing android phones, Motorola got the droid with 2.1 and the XOOM with 3.0 and yet manufacturers keep building android phones because they have the source code and their own skins to put add ons, the only partially bad things is that moto phones may use the most deep in hardware acceleration on devices but the others will only have to work hard to get it working and probably they can use info from the source to do so

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Sniggly Check this link out. It shows other manufactures are VERY happy with Google buying Motorola. http://androidandme.com/2011/08/news/google-acquires-motorola-mobility-in-order-to-protect-android-from-patent-trolls/ CNN is DEAD Wrong.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Google might just have saved their asses if they open source some of motos software ideas or make them available for everyone...

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I agree with you!

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I know CNN is dead wrong. Between this and their coverage of issues like Julian Assange/Bradley Manning and taking sides with Apple in the patent wars, I can hardly stand them anymore. Thanks though for corroborating my view on the matter. :)

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Like someone said on top the deal with Nokia gives them preference over all the others. If I'm not mistaken they already have some so this is bs

16. holy_alien

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

cry me a river M$... "Windows Phone is the only "equal opportunity" platform"? how about your deal with Nokia?

19. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Yes, Microsoft has a Nokia love affair it will not quite share with other companies. Yes, this is simply them trying to get a little love from maybe some smaller companies that might panic at this Google/Motorola deal. But until Meego or WeBOS are proven to compete and be easy to adapt, it is W7 or Android. How could Microsoft NOT take a couple shots like this and still look their investors in the eye?

24. Carlos unregistered

The most that can happen with google and motorola is that motorola Devices have more google interface on them, and get softwares, a bit faster, such as ICS for example Motorola wont have to invest all that money and waiting, to get it fom google, because now google owns them.

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