Google agrees to buy Motorola's mobile unit for $12.5 billion

By Jos · 11 replies
Aug 15, 2011
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  1. Earlier this year Motorola finalized the process of splitting into two separate companies: Motorola Mobility Holdings and Motorola Solutions. The first handles the company's mobile and consumer business while the…

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  2. yay maybe google can spit out a droid that doesnt feel like a damn rock
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Pretty bold move on the part of Google, but a logical one considering the legal troubles android is facing. But I think it can also push the likes of Samsung and HTC away, as they will be directly competing against Google now, so they probably will diversify their offerings across multiple platforms.
  4. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    The next couple of years in mobile will get very interesting, I'm sure Samsung will try to move from Android to its bada OS, Microsoft will try aggressively to license WP7 to other vendors or try and buy Nokia or RIM right away, HP might me able to finally license webOS to other partners.

    Who really knows, but surely this deal will spawn some interesting moves in the mobile world, let's just hope the consumers will benefit from the aggressive competition.
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I think MS will be more inclined to buy Nokia. Nokia is far bigger and more recognized brand all over the world when compared to Motorola. It seems a logical step to me, but mind it is just a speculation.
  6. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 475   +84

    Now Google may consider a strong financial support or even the possibility of buying OMAP division from TI.On the other hand, no support for Bada in Europe will keep Samsung close to Google
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    On the contrary I think likes of Samsung will start to diversify by offering other platforms as well. A smart business would never want to put all their eggs in one basket.
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    MS has a strategic advantage in buying Nokia over any other company: Nokia owns NAVTEQ - the worldwide gps navigation and traffic data supplier

    With its recent acquisition, Google now has the "trifecta". Google has
    > Motorola Mobility - PDA hardware platform vendor
    > Android for the OS
    > StreetView - Google collects and provides their own nav and traffic data
    Availability of navigation data (coverage + content + quality) and gps nav apps are key and absolutely essential for a platform to sell

    MS needs all 3 to compete as an "equal" with Google. Only buying Nokia (with NAVTEQ) gives them
    > Nokia - for the PDA handsets
    > WP7 for the OS
    > NAVTEQ for nav and traffic data
    Any other purchase would still leaves MS dependent on a 3rd company for their nav data and traffic

    Remember this thread in April, 2011? "Nokia begins work on first Windows phones, dismisses Microsoft acquisition rumors" Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said
    It wasn't true then and even less so now. In fact, his quote then [post=1028346]only made me suspicious[/post] :suspiciou And look where things are now just 4 months later!
  9. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Very valid point LA, I have been arguing this from another angle on another forum :).

    IMO Nokia is much bigger, more recognized brand the world over, then Motorola ever was. So if MS buys it it gets access to most of emerging markets instantaneously on top of the stuff the will get. Even more interesting scenarios is that now Big G has Motorola, they can be very competitive to likes of Samsung + LG + HTC etc. in US. This can also mean opportunity for other operating systems to come to fore, e.g. Bada (I've tried it, it is not as polished but it isn't bad at all), or WP-M (which has much more polished and fluent interface than Android IMO).
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Hi Archean

    I hadn't thought of it from that perspective. You're right. All good points as well in thinking MS has alot to gain from buying Nokia
  11. step 154 toward skynet :D
  12. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    And If this does happen (and I agree with you I think it will) then I will still choose Microsofts platform over Android any day :p

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