Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2012 11:25 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This rumour is not new, nor is it particularly earth-shattering. However, with Windows Phone 7 failing to make a dent in the market place, and Nokia's Lumia 800 not making huge waves either, the rumour's been taken out of the shed again: Microsoft is supposedly acquiring Nokia's smartphone division later this year. Stephen Elop will resign from Nokia shortly afterwards.
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RE: Interesting
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jan 2012 13:22 UTC in reply to "Interesting"
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Assuming the deal goes through, I would be quite surprised to see Motorola Mobility continue as a Google-branded phone manufacturer.

Either Google will keep the patents and spin them off as an independent phone maker with a mutual patent defense agreement, or else sell their design and manufacturing capability to the highest bidder.

Google sells advertising, not phones.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by MechR on Fri 6th Jan 2012 03:59 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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They should give phones a try. Nothing too hands-on that might spook other manufacturers; just set a mandate for, say, vanilla Android with prompt updates, and let Moto figure out the details.

This is their big chance to do something meaningful about the whole "fragmentation" thing, and force at least one manufacturer to get with the program re: Android updates and show the others how it's done.

IMO they'd be crazy to just let that go, after spending so much money on Moto and (hopefully) getting through the approvals process.

Edited 2012-01-06 04:00 UTC

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RE[3]: Interesting
by ricegf on Fri 6th Jan 2012 13:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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Google "Nexus". I think that series of phones is accomplishing the goal you propose already (with more than one manufacturer) without putting Google into direct competition with their OEMs.

The residual value of Motorola Mobility (after patents) is trivial compared to the future value of Android dominating the mobile space, so IMO they'd be crazy to keep Mobility as a direct manufacturing division and risk that long-term revenue stream.

I'm confident one of us is absolutely right. :-D

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