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Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5B

8/15/2011 04:37 PM EDT
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chanj0
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chanj0   8/15/2011 5:11:10 PM
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The acquisition seems to be good to Android and Google. What would be the impact to the other Android phone vendors?

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_hm   8/15/2011 5:26:36 PM
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If Goolge/Motorola Mobile compete with LG/Samsung/Sony and others in handset market, why these vendors go for Android? They may like to switch over to Windows or may be other. Anodroid may be called open but now other vendor will have mistrust.

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_hm   8/15/2011 5:28:55 PM
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RIM and Nokia may also be this precarious situation. RIM may be target for Apple and Nokia for Microsoft.

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Momzo17   8/15/2011 6:07:23 PM
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Why would the Google+Motorola partnership be a problem for Phone Makers like Samsung or LG? They've been getting Android from Google for Free. So I don't see why they will quit on Android for Microsoft, knowing that the latter won't offer the OS for free. With RIM's market share on a free fall, they could possibly be targeted by Apple. But I don't think Apple has any interests in acquiring RIM.

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KB3001   8/15/2011 6:37:51 PM
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I do not think Apple has an interest in RIM either. Wrt Android phones, however, you are assuming things will remain as they are which I doubt will be the case. If Google are becoming a mobile phone provider, they would have an unfair competitive advantage over other Android phones' providers, which will make the latter think hard about their commitment to Android as a SW platform of choice. I do not think Google will continue to supply their competitors with the same quality of software they are using in their phones anyway. The whole thing is akin to Microsoft's unfair competitive advantage in Windows applications (Office, VS, Explorer etc.) given they make the Windows OS. What would the regulators do? I think this acquisition would be a step backwards for the community...

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_hm   8/15/2011 7:18:01 PM
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Apple's main interest for RIM will only be its IP/patents. Apple may not be interested in RIM products or manpower. Also, Apple may not like these pool of RIM patents to fall in some otherhand.

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nosubject   8/15/2011 7:36:37 PM
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It is interesting that Google spent such big chunk of money to play defense in this game.

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Momzo17   8/15/2011 8:14:19 PM
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Was this deal thought of and done overnight? I don't think so. Google and its advisers certainly considered the pros and cons of such a deal, and the prospect of buying Motorola has perhaps been on Larry Page's mind for quite some time. Now Google can use Moto's patent portfolio to play a better defense, but also an excellent offense. Handset makers like Samsung, HTC and LG will redirect their focus towards Microsoft if the latter can provide an OS better than Android. And until I see it, I don't think Microsoft can come up with something that will give Android a run for its money.

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terion   8/15/2011 8:22:27 PM
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Isn't it sad that $12.5B is spend not for sake of innovation or new business opportunity, but just to defend against swarms of IP lawyers? What is ratio of spendings on engineering vs lawyers in todays world? I guess it is diving and it is not customers who will benefit.

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old account Frank Eory   8/15/2011 8:22:33 PM
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Google says Android will remain open, but one must wonder how effective that openness will be when Google is able to provide the latest "pure" form of Android on its own hardware platform before releasing it to other Android partners. Google could very well make Android a closed ecosystem, just like Apple has with iOS, if it chose to do so. Another interesting aspect of this deal is that Google will also be acquiring Motorola's broadband and cable TV equipment businesses, which represent nearly 2/3 of the cable TV/broadband infrastructure and cable set-top box market in the U.S. This could have major implications for Google TV.

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