Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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RE: Mistake by Google - "control the ecosystem"
by jabbotts on Mon 15th Aug 2011 15:59 UTC in reply to "Mistake by Google"
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They will already be able to do this. They simply need to tap natural market forces to do it.

Consider this "what-if". Google produces hardware units that provide a vanilla Android experience; "this is Android without BS vendor curruptions to 'differentiate'"

Now, other hardware vendors must compete against Google's own hardware/software. Overload your phones with vendor modified UI or "value add" baggage software; Stock Google phones provide a better experience so you loose and the consumer gains. Withhold updates or ignore Android supported features you want to sell in a higher price point bit of hardware; Stock Google phones update against the unmodified official distro and support the full feature set available in the software so you loose and the consumer gains.

This could re-introduce some natural market forces back into mobile and give Android a potent way to address "fragment for self interest" aproach vendors have taken to Android so far.

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