Google Pulls A Zune

Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

Word is this was motivated by patents.

Thing is, a weapon is invariably used.

Google will not exterminate all of Moto’s phones and tablets and wipe out all that built-up brand-name equity just so it can lob patent lawsuits at others.

So suddenly every single company putting out Android devices has to be seriously rethinking their plans and the trajectory of their company. All of that revenue they’ve pulled in from Android is now in jeopardy.

This is exactly the position every single Microsoft partner using PlaysForSure DRM for MP3 players was in when Microsoft announced its own player, the Zune. They all dumped their products.

What’s happening today in the upper echelons of companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, and others?

With Amazon’s tablets allegedly being underpinned by Android, what is Bezos now thinking? What is the future of Amazon’s Android App Store too?

Over in Finland, I hope Elop has an upset stomach and loses his lunch. If he has any brain at all, he can see Microsoft can do the same thing when their current agreement runs out. Better start being nice to all those MeeGo-Harmattan people. They are your company’s parachute!

At over at HP, which has struggled getting even two webOS phones out — the Veer and still-missing Pre 3 — they must be wondering if they can now get out of phones altogether and just license “webOS for smartphones” to ex-Android partners.

And what I asserted in this 2010 post that everyone laughed at back then — In Two Years, Only Google Will Use Android — is one step closer to becoming real.


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10 responses to “Google Pulls A Zune

  1. Great article. I totally agree that in about two years Google will become Apple in the mobile space (the only one using Android). This acquisition does nothing to counter the patent claims of Oracle or Microsoft and I also agree that this would be great for Meego if Elop had anything resembling “a vision”

  2. twri

    Probably not much of an impact for Amazon’s Android plans, Amazon seems to follow its own path. But, for the rest of the Android manufacturers, some serious thinking is due.

    Will Samsung buy HTC as a result of this?

  3. I agree. If the writing on the wall wasn’t apparent to everyone then, it certainly should be now. The ramifications of this are enormous.

  4. One big diff betw this and the burial of PlaysForSure: several OHA members are … uhhh, were actually making money off Android.

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  6. “in two years Google will become Apple…” I wouldn’t be so sure. As far as I can see, Google has made this purchase to help secure the future of android. what if motorola sold out to microsoft/apple..

    Google understands better then anyone the power of numbers. Android has grown exponentially thanks to the number of devices that use it. Why would it jepordise its core offering by trying to dominate the android hardware device market? Google has much to gain out of continuing to get more people using android, therefore it should encourage more android devices. Using android to introduce users to the google ecosystem makes sence. Google has this little thing called google apps, which goes far beyond just apps for mobile devices and what apple offers.

    • mikecane

      User experience, consistency, not wanting to share info gained from users with others, Apple-like billions of profits per year. Must I go on?

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