Thoughts about Google's Acquisition of Motorola Mobility

- First and foremost, this is about securing patents that can protect the Android partnership ecosystem. The partners are, in official form at least, enthusiastic about this move. This provides some stability for Android moving forward on all fronts.

- Secondly, this may be about accelerating Android tablets and related in-home entertainment features. Unlike Android phones, Android tablets do not have a clear features-based leader. Samsung's problems in the EU with Apple's look-alike claims will slow down its ability to lead in features. In the meantime, the Xoom tablet, while decent, is not seen as having any distinct advantage over iPads. This may be a way to accelerate feature development that will help a Xoom model to really stand out at a better price point. Without that, Android tablets will continue to languish.

- One of the more interesting statements from the official blog post is this one: "Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space." Specifically Motorola Mobility makes high-speed Internet cable modems, phone handsets and digital photo frames. Kind of a ragtag group of products, but especially thinking of the handsets and modems, perhaps there will be a push to have home handsets integrate better with Google Voice. That's one key gap in GVoice that needs to close.

But also thinking about Android Developers Toolkit and the plethora of devices that are likely to hang off of Android-enabled video devices using that toolkit, perhaps this is a move to have a finger on all of these devices via the modem/router capabilities. Example; what if your cable modem router had Android-based Google TV built into it?

- Finally, I wonder how permanent this arrangement will be. Motorola Mobility is doing pretty well, but it's been a few yards short of industry-dominating hit products for a while. Perhaps this is a move to secure patents, get Motorola back up to snuff as a U.S.-based supplier, get their high-speed, in-home Web strategies for the U.S. up to speed, then sell it off with rights to patents.
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