Originally Posted by jjsoviet;14599816
What I think is this: Motorola's manufacturing capability will be used by Google to make some "reference" Android models for OEMs to try and meet or beat the spec. HTC and Samsung will have to follow the example set by Google in order to produce high-quality Android handsets which the general public has been clamoring for.
This model works in the GPU business, as we all know. AMD and Nvidia have their own reference boards (which they do sell), but most of the sales come from licensees such as ASUS and MSI. For Google to set the bar for other smartphone manufacturers will require a more dedicated hardware maker, and they got it with Motorola. Moto won't necessarily be the favored Nexus provider of choice, but chances are future devices will use Google's updated vanilla Android builds.
Also, Google might license all those Motorola patents to its OEMs for free, and there's no stopping it giving them all away since it already owns the patents. So, all Android partners will benefit from this purchase especially in the defense of Android against countless aggressors.
It works in selling GPUs because nVidia and ATi still make money from selling the actual GPU chip to manufacturers. That same model won't work with Google/Motorola because Android is a piece of software that happens to be an open OS.
If I were an Android partner, I would be scared right now because the millions of dollars I spent in designing hardware for Android came out of my own pocket. Google buying Motorola Mobile is a clear threat to that investment.
Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;14601004
I really doubt Google would do that to the manufacturers that have made Android what it is today. They'd really lose my respect then. Google isn't out for patent trolling like Apple is; 99+% of their revenue is from advertising. A few million in patent licensing is pocket change to them; they probably spent more than that producing and shipping the Cr-48 Pilot laptops for free.
Again, why would Google buy a mobile handset manufacturing giant and NOT compete with other makers in handsets? It doesn't make sense from any angle.
The fact is the main bulk of complaints from Android users is the variable performance between the phones it runs on. Apple on the other hand has granular control over hardware and software. With Motorola Mobile under Google, Google can now release an Android phone with guaranteed performance just like Apple.
This 12.5 Billion Dollar
acquisition strongly reinforces that the mobile industry is an important target for Google. If they won't come out with a handset of their own, then then this deal wouldn't be a profitable one.Edited by Dream Killer - 8/16/11 at 4:13pm