Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. ..... I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”
I have not been posting as much lately on my Typepad blog because I am in the middle of creating a new Wordpress blog that will be able to highlight breaking news (details coming out asap). But reading this juicy piece of techie news made it hard not to post right away... But what does this mean to consumers?
Motorola's Droid smartphone and Xoom tablet hardware lines use the Google Android operating system. Motorola is known for high quality hardware (but other manufacturers also have high quality smartphone hardware). Google makes the operating system that basically tells the smartphone hardware what to do. Google will run the unit as a separate business, but as a "Google" company will Motorola have more direct access to Android resources? The Google "Nexus" smartphone had this direct access and reviews described the phone as having the best Android experience and automatic updates. Maybe this will mean that a new line of smartphones will be released that have better Android operating system integration?
I do imagine that the other smartphone hardware companies running Android will become concerned - and hope that the Android Operating System eco-system will remain as open to all developers.
Tech4Moms commented on Twitter that it is all about the patent, and this CNET post agreed: Google just bought itself patent protection. TechMeme is abuzzin with posts about the Google aquisition of Motorola. My favorite tech blogger Eliane Fiolet from Ubergizmo posted with a great deal name: "Moogle and the Future of Mobile".
The fragmentation for Android devices make it harder for developers to code Android apps (i.e. different size handsets etc). Apple streamlined their iPhone hardware so developers have an easier time. Maybe this is a step to try to streamline the Android smartphone hardware as well?
Who knows? But I will be watching to see what new products come out of this acquisition. I wonder what my online community thinks of this news?
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