Google CEO Larry Page Comments on Motorola Purchase; So do HTC, Samsung & Others

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    Google CEO Larry Page Comments on Motorola Purchase; So do HTC, Samsung & Others


    Obviously the big news for the day, is that Google is set to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion dollars. Speculation as to the motivation of the acquisition has been running rampant across the internet. Most of it focused on the assumption that the primary reason is that Google wants Motorola's patents so they can help protect the Android ecosystem as a whole. That particular theory turns out to be spot on. Here's a quote from CEO of Google, Larry Page, from a post he wrote on Google's blog,
    "We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to 'protect competition and innovation in the open source software community' and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction. Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies."
    For folks that worry this may change the landscape of Android and impact it in a negative way, he elaborated further by saying,
    "This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences."
    This is a pretty brilliant move on Google's part. It's too bad they have to resort to these maneuvers in order to simply protect their ability to innovate and compete in the marketplace, but at least they are not "rolling over."

    Interestingly, several of Android's primary smartphone manufacturer's have also sounded off on the issue, and so far have nothing but praise for the move by Google. In fact, here are quotes from HTC, Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson:
    “We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem” - Peter Chou, CEO, HTC
    “We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem” - J.K. Shin, President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division
    “We welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners” - Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D, President & CEO, LG
    “I welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners” - Bert Nordberg, President & CEO, Sony Ericsson
    It's actually pretty exciting to see Google flexing its muscle in preparation to start actively defending 'Andy'. Obviously the other side benefit to this acquisition (which could also be a potential negative) is that Google will be able to further enforce quality control on the Android ecosystem. Even though that means Android will be a bit less "open", as long as they don't get too heavy-handed with it, this will probably end up being a net positive. What do you think?

    Source: BGR and SlashGear
    Last edited by dgstorm; 08-15-2011 at 10:36 AM.

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    I like how Google can now design, create, manufacture and sell their own brand (ala Apple) without encumbrances they encountered with HTC and Samsung. This should also improve the integration of hardware and software, and gives Google a LOT of purchasing power and elbow room at the main fab houses. Curious to see the product line that emerges.
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    I wonder if this could put a dent in Amazon's plans....

    Also would be cool to have a Moto Nexus... they hadnt had a turn yet but I think Google doesnt want to play favorites right out of the gate. So, doea that mean a LG Nexus?

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    New World Order. World domination in the form of android smartphones. And you know they are going to jack over other manufacturers.

    Alost, no need to allow other manufacturers to make a nexus phone. This deal stinks and I wonder what alterier motives that are involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLAG IT! View Post
    New World Order. World domination in the form of android smartphones. And you know they are going to jack over other manufacturers.

    Alost, no need to allow other manufacturers to make a nexus phone. This deal stinks and I wonder what alterier motives that are involved.
    How does it 'stink'? Without Android, MOTO would have likely withered away...
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    It stinks in the aspect that we are suppose to buy into the fact they are doing it for our benefit. Stinks that they want us to belief that they are going to run seperately blah blah blah.
    The best thing coming from this is the potential death of motoblur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLAG IT! View Post
    It stinks in the aspect that we are suppose to buy into the fact they are doing it for our benefit. Stinks that they want us to belief that they are going to run seperately blah blah blah.
    The best thing coming from this is the potential death of motoblur.
    One could take another view: For Google to be more Apple-like, they need to fab their own hardware. This potentially eliminates the dreaded 'fragmentation' caused by various implementations of hardware by third-party fabs (so they have control over hardware-just like Apple) while still having partner support in HTC, Samsung, and a host of others (Acer, LG....etc.etc) who are (and should be) desperate to sell more Android widgets. It's like getting Apple products, but from Apple AND many other manufacturers...sorta like an HTC iPhone, or Acer iPad. I don't buy into the 'supercharge' hype, but I can clearly see where this is advantageous for Google, AND consumers.
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    I agree, I just do not trust Google.

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    Well if Google takes the patents and folds them into a community/group license for Android Manufacturers as they did with something like WebM, then the other manf. would probably be OK with the near term ramifications. Long term? Who knows. If Samsung is making profits, I'm not sure they would really care if Google favored Moto. If the profits start to dry up, then we'll see the manf look elsewhere. I'd imagine some will hedge bets a bit in the meantime. Like make 1 WP7 phone, and one WebOS phone, and maybe one MeeGo phone)....

    But in the near term, I think things will continue as they are.

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