Google buys the mobile phone business of Motorola

Google today announced that it buys the mobile phone side of Motorola, called Motorola Mobility for a whooping $12.5 billion.

Larry Page, Google CEO, is quoted saying: “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies”. Sure. I get that point. But what will HTC, Samsung, LG, SonyEricsson, etc. say about coming second in any future Android release?

Basically you have vertical integration in the mobile phone space, like the good old Nokia, that owned the hardware side of the business and the software side of the business with the Symbian OS. You remember what happend to Nokia?

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1 Response to Google buys the mobile phone business of Motorola

  1. “But what will HTC, Samsung, LG, SonyEricsson, etc. say about coming second in any future Android release?”

    For SE, HTC and LG we have an answer:
    http://www.google.com/press/motorola/quotes/

    I have the feeling, this all is more about the 17k patents and less about hardware. This would be a smart move. But scre***ng its partners would be very, very bad for the Android ecosystem.

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