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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by UltraZelda64 on Mon 29th Apr 2013 05:45 UTC
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What, do you people own stock in the company or something? Seriously, hold the bitching until the two-year mark. Things like this take time to get straightened out, and the company already seems pretty busy lately. Not to mention they have a tendency to be pretty secretive sometimes... anyone remember the deal with GrandCentral? People were all fired up for a good amount of time and now we've got Google Voice, which is one hell of a cool service. Never know... maybe they have really big plans and don't want to spill the beans just yet. 11 months is nothing.

Chances are, whether Google bought them or not Motorola cell phone owners would have to wait an eternity for an OS update... just like owners of pretty much every other brand of Android phone. It's not like Motorola customers are getting some kind of extra-bad treatment or something (although it is odd that the buyout effectively made both the phone manufacturer and the OS developer the same company).

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