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Posted by Charles Golvin on August 15, 2011
Google today announced its intent to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. While Google assures its other Android licensees that the platform will remain open and license-free, product strategists at Samsung, LG, and HTC are certain to revisit their Windows Phone hedge strategy. We see two key reasons for Google to take the risk of alienating its other hardware partners:
Acquiring Motorola Mobility gives Google a strong IPR position across more than just smartphones and enables the company to craft experiences that provide continuity across multiple screens. But, by entering into the hardware business, Google risks significantly weakening other OEMs’ commitment to the Android platform going forward.
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