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Debate rages on about whether Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility is good for Android, or an expensive mistake for Google, made in a moment of irrational panic. Our columnist Matt Asay thinks it "spells iPhone doom", and he's not alone. John C Dvorak thinks it's "pure genius". This supposes that Google performed a cost- …

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Mushroom

Missing the point

The ONLY reason I can approve this merger is if Google gets significant leverage in the Oracle infringement suit. So here's my theory. Oracle bought Sun to acquire Java. Sun also had a hardware business that was hot at one time, but lost it. Google want to dangle the Moto hardware group in front of Oracle with the promise that Motorola can get them back in the hardware business (Hey, tablets are hot. Especially those ANDROID tablets...nod, nod, nudge, nudge, know what I mean gov'ner...)

Yes Google will settle with Oracle by giving them Motorola Hardware AND keep those great compression patents to fend off the iGuys....

Just my conspiracy theory because Google wouldn't pay $12 billion + right before the have to pay Oracle $x billion in the settlement...

My 2 cnets...

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oracle tablet

I think Oracle will release an Android tablet about the same time as Apple release an Android tablet.

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I smell a computer game

...something like Starcraft, except that you can't research a technology if your opponent has already researched it. However, in the end game you will be able to build a law school and completely overwhelm your opponent with mass lawyers.

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Starcraft?

would that be like a Zergling Rush?

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Its about the set top box business

and the failure of Google TV, the mobile phone and patent stuff is just a red herring, just you wait and see.

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This is EXACTLY what I was thinking when I saw that they got the set top box business. This allows them to integrate with millions of set top boxes and gives them an in with all the cable companies out there, thus a new advertising venue.

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Where's the beef?

There's no real information in this story - just a lot of opinion about the way patent litigation might play out. The most important things are: 1) does Motorola Mobility hold any "platinum" patents that are broad in scope? 2) is this going to help or hinder the other Android phone makers? If Google uses Motorola as a patent shield for Android then it helps the ecosystem for Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, etc...

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Re: Oh put a sock on it @ 22:39 GMT

I disagree. Given the author and subject matter, I have just skipped the articles and dove right into the comments. You would rob me of many minutes of pleasure.

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Motorola Patents

If they were so valuable and could be levegaged against Apple, Nokia et. al. (and, considering in the early days of GSM phones Motorola were a leader I don't dispute it) why on earth haven't Motorola been trying to sue these rich companies to date ?

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Re: Motorola Patents

Because *some* companies prefer to compete on products instead of misusing the legal system to kill all competitors.

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The article is based on flawed logic

What if Google didn't just want patents but acquired Motorola to manufacturer some phones! Is this so implausible?

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Re: The article is based on flawed logic

Now that makes sense.

Motorola make some great Android phones, let down by one major cockup. Update cycles, or rather the lack of them.

They're stuck in the same rut as most of the other manufacturers, believing that slathering the core OS with their own cruft (Motoblur? I'm looking at you...) to "differentiate" it is the only way to compete. The sticking point here is that porting said cruft to a new OS version for a device that's been superseded or is coming to the end of its cycle is money down the drain[1], so it doesn't get done.

A Motorola that ditches the cruft development overhead (reducing cost and time to market) and ships updates on the dot (keeping customers happy and possibly drumming up some repeat business) might actually make money.....

[1] Other industries seem to place a value on customer satisfaction and do this sort of thing anyway.....

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Right..

So the writer of this article thinks he knows better than billions worth of top brains.

I think I'm going to place my bet on Google.

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Mining for gold amongst the claims

Assuming at least 3 dependent claims per patent gives you over 64k claims to examine for gold amongst the dross. It would be very interesting to see how Google applies their search wizardry to this.

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One more thing.

ISTR that when Android was in gestation, potential OEMs were wary of being crushed by a "Googlephone", but were reassured by Google saying; "We'll never make phones".

Subsequently there was a right old hoohah when the first Nexus shipped, but Google assured everyone that it was Ok, 'cos it wasn't *made* by them. Grumbling persisted in the background to the effect that Google weren't exactly playing fair in annointing one OEM's products with Google branding, but everything carried on.

I assume the deathly silence so far on the Motorola buyout from the other Android phone makers is 'cos they haven't got over the coughing fit from choking on their cornflakes yet?

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