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
by Morgan on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:45 UTC in reply to "Mistake by Google"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Since when is Microsoft a software only company? My Xbox 360 begs to differ. And it's probably the second most useful thing to come from the company, right behind Windows 7 (speaking of my own experience of course). I rarely play games on the Xbox, it's more of a digital hub for me. I have access to Netflix streaming and Hulu Plus, as well as all the media files on my desktop when I choose to have it booted in Windows.

As for Windows 7, it has made me like the Windows OS again, after years of loathing Vista and tolerating XP.

All that said, I can't wait to see Google/Moto turn the tables on Microsoft and Apple in the whole patent fiasco. Sure, it's fighting dirty but it's nothing the other two haven't already done. Now maybe HTC and Samsung will be left alone to make great phones without having to fight in court for the right to stay in business.

Edit: And I realize as soon as I hit "Submit" that you were likely speaking within the realm of phone hardware. My apologies.

Edited 2011-08-15 12:51 UTC

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RE[2]: Mistake by Google
by d_Yn on Mon 15th Aug 2011 14:12 in reply to "RE: Mistake by Google"
d_Yn Member since:
2005-07-06

have you ever tried to `lspci -v` on your xbox? it was manufactured by NVidia down to its last screw.

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RE[3]: Mistake by Google
by Morgan on Mon 15th Aug 2011 14:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Mistake by Google"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

No I haven't. As shoehorning what little *nix code exists for the Xbox 360 onto the box requires hardware mods I am loathe to do, no thank you. It works fine for what I want it to do. Also, Nvidia only provided the video processing and glue logic for the original Xbox; Intel provided the system architecture and CPU. The Xbox 360 uses ATI graphics, Samsung memory and logic, and IBM processors. Know what you are talking about (and read my post more carefully, especially the "360" part) before making a fool of yourself trying to look smart.

More to the point, Does Dell manufacture "every last screw" of their desktops and laptops? Of course not! Does HP fab their own motherboards? Nope, they all outsource the hardware bits. BUT, each company offers full support for their branded hardware, down to "the last screw" in most cases. This holds true for Microsoft with the Xbox 360, and Sony with its Playstations (including the new PSP Phone they have out there, with their hardware and a heavily modified Android OS).

Edited 2011-08-15 14:34 UTC

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RE[3]: Mistake by Google
by Neolander on Mon 15th Aug 2011 14:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Mistake by Google"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I don't think that was his point. It's becoming rare to see a "hardware" company doing the manufacturing itself nowadays. He was probably rather pointing out that Microsoft design the Xbox's hardware, just like Apple design the iDevices' hardware (before handing the manufacturing to Foxconn).

Edited 2011-08-15 15:11 UTC

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