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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steve_s Member since:

The point/problem however is that new devices haven't come.

Google has owned Motorola Mobility for 11 months now. Where's the Motorola Nexus phone?

Indeed, this is a Google owned company, and they haven't made Android 4.2, a 5 month old OS, available on any of their devices yet. What's going on there? Why are Google's Android engineers not working closer with their Motorola colleagues to ensure these upgrades happened in a timely manner?

It's almost as if Google bought them and then forgot they owned them.

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Sodki Member since:

The point/problem however is that new devices haven't come.

Google has owned Motorola Mobility for 11 months now. Where's the Motorola Nexus phone?

It takes a lot of time to reorganize a company like that. And don't forget that Motorola had other contracts going on that Google had to honor. We have yet to see the outcome of the merger, but it shouldn't take too long now.

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reduz Member since:

t's still a really short time.
China has allowed companies to have shorter product cycles and a shorter time to market thanks to massive workforce of manual assembly lines, but for that you still need to design products, that takes a few years from concept to prototype, to focus groups, to hardware design, hardware production planning, etc.

Google is also pretty new at this since all they do is the OS, so my guess is that it will be a gradual process. The Google-influenced phones will be sort of an hybrid first, to later start adopting more innovative features in subsequent iterations.

Edited 2013-04-27 18:23 UTC

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