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Originally Posted by Dream Killer;14597795 
This is interesting. Motorola held several patents on 2g, 3g and 4g technologies and is well equipped to manufacture phones. Even if Android stays open to any manufacturer who wishes to use it, no matter how you look at this Google will be competing in the mobile market against HTC and Samsung.

If HTC, Samsung and other mobile phone makers refuse to pay Google royalties for technologies patented by Motorola and now owned by Google, Google could very well sue other phone manufacturers in the future.

The big question here is; did Google do this to simply "defend" from Apple, or are they looking at Apple and trying to copy its process of designing a mobile phone from the ground up (total control of both software and hardware).

There's a war going out there in the wireless world and Google just bought weapons. Expect alliances in the mobile industry to shift.

This, while I'm glad Google can easily fight off Apple now, I'm wary of what else they can/would have to do.
    
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Originally Posted by Brutuz;14607100 
This, while I'm glad Google can easily fight off Apple now, I'm wary of what else they can/would have to do.

We could be trading one evil for another. I'll reserve judgement until we can see where this goes. It scares me a bit honestly
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Originally Posted by Dream Killer;14606946 
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.

Very reasonable points and logic, I respect you and rep you for the good points contributing to the topic. I'm not doubting your logic, but I don't think Google is "out there" to mass produce phones and dominate HTC/Samsung/LG/etc. My prediction is when the patent war is all over with Google will let Motorola fly away like a free bird and keep doing their thing. If Google really wanted to produce phones, why wouldn't they have done it from the start? They could have profited BILLIONS if they were the sole manufacturer of Android devices.
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;14607656 
Very reasonable points and logic, I respect you and rep you for the good points contributing to the topic. I'm not doubting your logic, but I don't think Google is "out there" to mass produce phones and dominate HTC/Samsung/LG/etc. My prediction is when the patent war is all over with Google will let Motorola fly away like a free bird and keep doing their thing. If Google really wanted to produce phones, why wouldn't they have done it from the start? They could have profited BILLIONS if they were the sole manufacturer of Android devices.

I have a feeling they want to combine the bests of the whole handset by the manufacturer, fully controlled, etc idea of Apple while leaving the old Android "Free as a bird" thing going.
    
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Originally Posted by Brutuz;14607791 
I have a feeling they want to combine the bests of the whole handset by the manufacturer, fully controlled, etc idea of Apple while leaving the old Android "Free as a bird" thing going.

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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;14607656 
Very reasonable points and logic, I respect you and rep you for the good points contributing to the topic. I'm not doubting your logic, but I don't think Google is "out there" to mass produce phones and dominate HTC/Samsung/LG/etc. My prediction is when the patent war is all over with Google will let Motorola fly away like a free bird and keep doing their thing. If Google really wanted to produce phones, why wouldn't they have done it from the start? They could have profited BILLIONS if they were the sole manufacturer of Android devices.

Google will just let partners use the patents free of charge. They don't won't make the majority on patents, they make money but moving android handsets and getting what does make them money out there, ads.

It's doubtful that an Windows phone or Apple phone will go royalty free but I'd be surprised if part of this isn't to give manufactures yet another reason to love building android handsets.
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Originally Posted by zepy3;14607908 
Google will just let partners use the patents free of charge. They don't won't make the majority on patents, they make money but moving android handsets and getting what does make them money out there, ads.

It's doubtful that an Windows phone or Apple phone will go royalty free but I'd be surprised if part of this isn't to give manufactures yet another reason to love building android handsets.


This. Google wants eyes on every device it could muster, and it has done so brilliantly with Android. Why would it compete against its partners, who have helped the company bring search bars to almost every person in the world? It really won't make sense, business-wise.
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My real fear is that there will be two super-powers in the mobile industry (Apple and Google) waging a huge war at each other while the little guys get caught in the crossfire. It's like in the 90's when Intel and AMD were battling it out through patents. Remember VIA CPUs? How about PowerPC? Then we also have Nvidia vs ATI in the late-1990's and early 2000s - 3dfx, Videologic and S3 all got pushed out.

The way I see this is that this isn't really about money, this is about brand recognition. Apple has a tight grip on it, and I strongly believe Google wants the same thing.

Some things to ponder for sure.
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post #119 of 121
Here's another article for the OP.

Google acquires Motorola Mobility in order to protect Android from patent trolls
http://androidandme.com/2011/08/news/google-acquires-motorola-mobility-in-order-to-protect-android-from-patent-trolls/
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Kinda surprised. If anything I thought they'd eventually buy HTC
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