Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Apr 2013 00:10 UTC
Google "Why did Google spend $12.5 billion to purchase Motorola Mobility? It's been nearly two years since the deal was announced and close to a full year since it closed, and the questions keep piling up while the answers keep getting worse. The biggest problem is that Motorola's patent portfolio doesn't appear to be worth anything close to what either company assumed: the judge in the Microsoft v. Motorola patent case ruled yesterday that Redmond owes a paltry $1.7 million in annual royalties for using Motorola's standards-related Wi-Fi and video-encoding patents in every Xbox 360 and Windows 7 PC sold, rather than the $4 billion Motorola had originally demanded."
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I don't think patents are that important
by reduz on Sat 27th Apr 2013 02:11 UTC
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I think a better reason is to offer the promise for phones that run stock android and can be updated easily independently from the carrier. Right now only the Nexus can do this and they are difficult to get a hold of (specially abroad).

Samsung and others will be forced to compete with a company that updates phones faster and offers a longer lifetime to existing products, and the overall Android ecosystem will benefit. Also, this will likely help Google diversify into hardware too.

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