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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Extend that with regular software-updates (no customization needed, testing done by google and deploying to the Motos on the very first day of release), a secure long term strategy (Moto will do Android now and forever) and interesting business values (even closer combining with google services, protocols and technologies). All that will be available for other vendors too but now one of the major players will stick close to what's in the best interest for Android, google, the ecosystem, the long term strategy and not only focus in a unpredictable way on it's own short term stock-curve. That's an advantage for Moto, google, Android and it's partners.

Edited 2011-08-16 02:08 UTC

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