Google Buys Motorola

Wow. Google just announced they are buying Motorola. It looks like the main issue is patents:

Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

They make a point of stressing that Android will remain open, they plan on running Motorola as a separate company. Seems like a good fit since Motorola was all Android already, and has a lot of patents. What do you think? Will they get rid of the locked bootloader?

8 comments… add one
  • GrannyPants August 15, 2011, 8:29 am

    i think the locked boot loader will disappear as we start getting pure Android phones (goodbye blur!!)…

  • Bryan Sherman August 15, 2011, 8:42 am

    My favorite comment so far is from Mike Elgan: “Can you sue me now?”

    • Julie August 15, 2011, 9:25 am

      @Bryan Thanks for the news. This one is a shocker to me…

  • Martin August 15, 2011, 10:07 am

    But they aren’t buying the ENTIRE Motorola, only the Mobility division. Or did I miss something here?

  • Bryan Sherman August 15, 2011, 10:14 am

    Yes, just the Mobility division that was spun off. It’s the one that owns the patents.

  • person287 August 15, 2011, 11:40 am

    Wasn’t expecting that! Best of luck to all the people from Motorola working for Google now, wonder really how separate the businesses will be.

  • Andy J August 15, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Instant ON droids would be fantastic. Think of the other parts of Motorola that could be affected… youtube-enabled motorola stbs anyone?
    Every major telecom and cable company is looking at IPTV in some manner, and in areas that don’t have fibre to the home, I think the CableCo’s should look at the new Google/motorola group. Youtube looks great, and that’s over a public network. Imagine that same technology without any latancy, simply on a company’s public-accessable network. This could be good…

  • lucyparker August 16, 2011, 12:06 am

    Watch Larry Page Google Motorola Official Announcement Video (Aug 15)

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