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Google + Motorola Mobility: This changes everything

Steve Jobs may have been coined with the phrase, “this changes everything” while showing off Apple’s latest devices, but with Google's announcement that they are acquiring Motorola Mobility, it really does change everything.

Few will argue that Android has been a massive success in the market. Yes, the platform has had its issues along the way (fragmentation, patents, malware), but Android has been a much needed competitor in the mobile ecosystem. That said, most of the success has come from third party manufactures like Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola Mobility using the Android OS on their hardware. When Google announced that they are acquiring Motorola Mobility, this entire business model gets turned upside down. This acquisition affects each component of the business model that Android has been built on, each with its own unique debit / credit to the equation.

The biggest impact will come to HTC, Samsung, and any other third party manufacturer of Android devices. When Google was using third party manufactures to support the platform, they were all on the same playing field. Each manufacture would get the updates to Android at the same time, they would all have the same support model, and most importantly, no one had insider knowledge of the development of the platform. With Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, the playing field is altered. Take a look at the acquisition from Samsung or HTC’s position. They now have to directly compete with Google on a hardware and software basis. It’s a given that Google’s own devices will receive updates faster than third party applications. Google also has the ability to optimize Android for its own devices before launch; we can already see this with the Nexus One and Nexus S.

Even though Larry Page said that they will operate Motorola Mobility as a separate business unit, the paychecks for each department are all housed under the same roof. No matter how you look at it, the walls between business units are a lot easier to overcome than the walls between corporations.

You can bet that Google will attempt to comfort HTC and Samsung over the acquisition so that they do not run to the Windows Phone platform, but in reality how can Samsung and HTC compete in a market with Google, when Google’s own devices (Motorola Mobility) will have the upper hand?

Because Motorola Mobility will be an internal operation and be able to receive support in real time, they will also be able to develop for upcoming versions of the Android platform well before external parties are informed of the updates. Sure, Google could pledge to let all parties know the same time internal organizations find out, but you can bet that over time Google will look to position its own devices as the premium Android products. When it comes to the bottom line, it’s every company for themselves.

There is also another reason why Google bought Motorola Mobility: patents. Patents are a necessary evil that have taken the spotlight recently. The big boys in the marketplace (Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many others) find it necessary to sue the pants off of each other on a weekly basis to protect intellectual property.  In the blog post announcing the acquisition, Larry Page said:

We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to “protect competition and innovation in the open source software community” and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction. 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.

With the acquisition, Google is getting 17000+ patents to help defend Android from Apple and Microsoft. Google did not hide this fact (as noted by the paragraph above) which makes it seem like they are more interested in Motorola’s patents than its products.

This deal has massive ramifications across the entire industry. Google now has an in-house team to build hardware (tablets, phones, and much more) to help move its own operating system and for third party developers, they now have to compete with Google on an uneven playing field. For Microsoft and Apple, they will now have to deal with Google in the courtroom who just purchased a new shield of armor to protect Android.

Google buying Motorola is a huge acquisition. A company who previously outsourced its hardware now has the ability to bring it all inside their own walls. Google said that they will keep it as a separate business unit to keep the playing field square, but for a company whose motto is “Don’t be evil”, they wouldn’t ever look to give their own products (and bottom) line an advantage in the marketplace, right?

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As long as Google releases new updates to their AOSP project so that all manufactures have access to the Android source code, everything will be fine I hope.

Google has the ability to 'optimize' android for it's own devices? I thought all other vendors had that ability as well. The nexus device run on vanilla versions of android. Most others don't. You have vendors with their TouchWizes, Motoblurs and HTCSenses, and carriers having to pre-approve updates... no wonder they take longer than the rest

Hmm, I thought buying HTC would have been a better choice? I guess not. Let's see how things get from here on. Apple makes their own phone, so now Google will have their own exclusive phone as well. Things are getting heated up and pretty sweet for us!

Now then, "KAKKATE KOI" both Google and Apple!

Dont forget Motorolla makes tv setop boxes for cable companies and fios. This means google can now release a cablebox with google tv as the oeprating system.

majortom1981 said,
Dont forget Motorolla makes tv setop boxes for cable companies and fios. This means google can now release a cablebox with google tv as the oeprating system.

Google just purchased the mobile platform, not the stb

well i hope that with google help they improve motorola headsets, which its one of the worst android phones in the market, wtih crappy design, high battery usage, crappy OS modification, lack of updates and poor hardware quality.... Still hope that the next nexus wont come from motorola.

eilegz said,
well i hope that with google help they improve motorola headsets, which its one of the worst android phones in the market, wtih crappy design, high battery usage, crappy OS modification, lack of updates and poor hardware quality.... Still hope that the next nexus wont come from motorola.

black/white defy was excellent - classics of mobile design.
sad it not available here...

Lets not forget that Microsoft is taking over Nokia as well. Google takes over Motorola. So in the end, both of them can be a threat to other OEMs?

tanjiajun_34 said,
Lets not forget that Microsoft is taking over Nokia as well. Google takes over Motorola. So in the end, both of them can be a threat to other OEMs?

Microsoft is NOT taking over Nokia. They have a licensing deal, that doesn't even lock Nokia into WP7.

Nokia and Microsoft is a partnership that shares technologies and provides incentives for both parties.

Microsoft and Apple have similar deals, Microsoft and Sony have similar deals. Would you also state that Microsoft took over these companies as well?

Not close.

This was expected. The company was preparing to drop off mobile business in last year and a half - separated mobility business, closed offices around the world and stopped ships. What wasn't expected is that Google is going to buy it. Experts rather expected splitting to independent OEM vendor, like Chinese Huawei and ZTE was before.

"so that they do not run to the Windows Phone platform"
ROFL, why would they do that? Why would they run from the platform with > 40% of the market to one that has < 2%?

"but in reality how can Samsung and HTC compete in a market with Google, when Google's own devices (Motorola Mobility) will have the upper hand?"

Because Samsung and HTC can still customize the OS. On Windows Phone MS doesn't allow them to customize the OS at all. Even worst they DO allow Nokia to. Competing against Nokia on Windows Phone would be even more difficult then competing against Motorola on Android. UNLESS MS decides to extend the Nokia deal to other OEMs.

Asmodai said,
"so that they do not run to the Windows Phone platform"
ROFL, why would they do that? Why would they run from the platform with > 40% of the market to one that has < 2%?

"but in reality how can Samsung and HTC compete in a market with Google, when Google's own devices (Motorola Mobility) will have the upper hand?"

Because Samsung and HTC can still customize the OS. On Windows Phone MS doesn't allow them to customize the OS at all. Even worst they DO allow Nokia to. Competing against Nokia on Windows Phone would be even more difficult then competing against Motorola on Android. UNLESS MS decides to extend the Nokia deal to other OEMs.

Because those companies' share of that 40% is likely to go down. Samsung and HTC produced WP7 devices because they didn't want all their eggs in one basket. Look for these companies to spread their eggs more evenly as a result of this Motorola acquisition.

Samsung and HTC can customize the OS but "most likely" pure Android will run better than their customized OS' that people love getting rid of and root the hell out of. WP isn't customizable but the playing field between manufacturers will be even as they don't have to customize OS stuff and just worry about the apps they provide. They will still develop for Android of course but their shift in focus won't be primarily Android.

Asmodai said,
"so that they do not run to the Windows Phone platform"
ROFL, why would they do that? Why would they run from the platform with > 40% of the market to one that has < 2%?

"but in reality how can Samsung and HTC compete in a market with Google, when Google's own devices (Motorola Mobility) will have the upper hand?"

Because Samsung and HTC can still customize the OS. On Windows Phone MS doesn't allow them to customize the OS at all. Even worst they DO allow Nokia to. Competing against Nokia on Windows Phone would be even more difficult then competing against Motorola on Android. UNLESS MS decides to extend the Nokia deal to other OEMs.

They can customize WP7, and Nokia is not the only one. The licensing deal with Nokia was based on what would be offered to other OEMs with the Mango and Tango releases.

Do your homework.

Also, building Android for a device is a big project for each and every phone the OEM makes, where WP7 is just installing the software from Microsoft. They will have more time and money to customize and add customized applications for WP7 than for Android.

WP7 will also continue to get updates - Android no longer does on 99% of the phones sold, the users only get the version that is loaded on the phone. No security fixes, no updates, no nothing, but the tech world and users seem to think they will get updates, and this has stopped. And seriously, do you think this sounds like a 'consistent' or 'secure' end user experience or a condusive platform for developers?

Zedox said,
Samsung and HTC can customize the OS but "most likely" pure Android will run better than their customized OS' that people love getting rid of and root the hell out of. WP isn't customizable but the playing field between manufacturers will be even as they don't have to customize OS stuff and just worry about the apps they provide. They will still develop for Android of course but their shift in focus won't be primarily Android.

The playing field will NOT be even on Windows Phone because Nokia CAN customize the OS and Samsung and HTC can NOT.

thenetavenger said,

They can customize WP7, and Nokia is not the only one. The licensing deal with Nokia was based on what would be offered to other OEMs with the Mango and Tango releases.

Do your homework.

Also, building Android for a device is a big project for each and every phone the OEM makes, where WP7 is just installing the software from Microsoft. They will have more time and money to customize and add customized applications for WP7 than for Android.

WP7 will also continue to get updates - Android no longer does on 99% of the phones sold, the users only get the version that is loaded on the phone. No security fixes, no updates, no nothing, but the tech world and users seem to think they will get updates, and this has stopped. And seriously, do you think this sounds like a 'consistent' or 'secure' end user experience or a condusive platform for developers?


You are incorrect, Microsoft does NOT permit OEM's to modify the core OS on Windows Phone while Android does. This is specifically to avoid the fragmentation present on the Android platform where such modifications are common. The thing is the OEMs actually LIKE being able to do this modification. They COULD release stock android if they wanted to instead of undergoing a "big project for each and every phone" as you state but they CHOOSE to tweak things because it allows them to differentiate their products from their competitors.

As for how the WP7 updates compare to Android updates I don't think WP7 has a long enough track record for comparison.

Seems like Google hasn't much in the way of immediate plans for Motorola beyond acquiring patents. I doubt we'll be seeing a Nexus M come Christmas

As for Motorola providing a "pure" Android device, don't they still use Moto-blur (Or whatever it's called?), besides, if Android is open then they can't really be at all that much more of an advantage than Samsung, HTC, etc.

HTC and Samsung won't run to the Windows Phone platform, as they are loosing money and far from getting back the investment they made in the platform while making $$$ from Android (even Samsung's BADA sales are higher than WP7's and has a bigger market share.)

alexalex said,
HTC and Samsung won't run to the Windows Phone platform, as they are loosing money and far from getting back the investment they made in the platform while making $$$ from Android (even Samsung's BADA sales are higher than WP7's and has a bigger market share.)

Actually your wrong on this one Samsung windows phone sales bigger then Bada at least in the US Market.

Melfster said,

Actually your wrong on this one Samsung windows phone sales bigger then Bada at least in the US Market.

You have a source to back that up? I can only find worldwide sales where it specifically has BADA (1.9%) and WP7 (1.6%). I'm not saying you are wrong, I would just like a source for that.

UndergroundWire said,

You have a source to back that up? I can only find worldwide sales where it specifically has BADA (1.9%) and WP7 (1.6%). I'm not saying you are wrong, I would just like a source for that.

Gartner :

Even Bada has more market share than Windows Phone : http://www.techknots.com/mobil...t-share-than-windows-phone/

According to research firm , Gartner, Microsoft's Windows Phone market share has slipped even below 2 percent. Even Samsung's homebrewed OS Bada has managed to gain more market share than Microsoft's Windows Phone. At 1.9% market share, Bada is above Windows Phone's 1.6% market share.

2Q2011
Bada 2,055.8M 1.9% (up from 0.9)
WP 1,723.8M 1.6% (drop from 4.9)

alexalex said,

Gartner :

Even Bada has more market share than Windows Phone : http://www.techknots.com/mobil...t-share-than-windows-phone/

According to research firm , Gartner, Microsoft's Windows Phone market share has slipped even below 2 percent. Even Samsung's homebrewed OS Bada has managed to gain more market share than Microsoft's Windows Phone. At 1.9% market share, Bada is above Windows Phone's 1.6% market share.

2Q2011
Bada 2,055.8M 1.9% (up from 0.9)
WP 1,723.8M 1.6% (drop from 4.9)

I already know of the Gartner link (http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1764714) that came out last week. In fact I stated the same numbers.

Maybe I wasn't clear, I wanted his (Melfster) source stating that WP7 has more market share than Bada in the U.S.

alexalex said,
HTC and Samsung won't run to the Windows Phone platform, as they are loosing money and far from getting back the investment they made in the platform while making $$$ from Android (even Samsung's BADA sales are higher than WP7's and has a bigger market share.)


Wow, missing the big picture.

1) Samsung/HTC/etc are already paying Microsoft MORE for each Android device they sell then the WP7 license.

2) They are preparing for Windows 8 and the tablet market it will 'again' spark, so their current hardware runs are more about test at this point.

3)They 'might' offer Android tablets after Win8 releases, but when users can run Photoshop and and Illustrator on the Windows 8 tablets, it will be hard to sell the Android devices that are fragmented to hell and have horrible software performance and stability issues.

4) Samsung was one of the first ones to sound the alarm on Android and the cost to build it for the device (as Google doesn't do this) and then re-build and maintain updates late last year/early this year. Since then, they and virtually every other phone OEM has stopped promising ANY updates to their Android devices beyond the version the phone ships with. (Customers and even 'tech' minded people keep missing this point, which turn Android into a one version pony that will continue to fragment.)

5) Google will close in further and be another Apple, which is the opposite of what the smartphone market needs. Even Android doesn't fit what the market needs. WP7 is following the same model and meeting OEM needs just like Windows did in the 90s, which is what made it successful. OEMs no longer had to deal with support or updates or developing an OS or even dealing with drivers. They could build hardware to a baseline specification of features, and Windows would run, giving them the freedom to make whatever computer hardware they wanted and not have to mess with the OS side of things. This is EXACTLY what WP7 is giving OEMs as well, because they can get the consistency that Apple is offering, and not have to monkey with build the OS or maintaining it and its drivers like they do with Android. (Microsoft seems to get this, as it was their model for Windows, but no one learned anything from them and instead are doing the same crap that all but killed off every other OS in the early 90s.)

Melfster said,

Actually your wrong on this one Samsung windows phone sales bigger then Bada at least in the US Market.

Samsung sells Worldwide therefore US only datais irrilevant. And yes Bada outsells WP7.

thenetavenger said,
...

The one thing I know is that Microsoft is happy about this news. After all if WP7 was selling to Microsoft's expectations, Microsoft wouldn't be making more money off Android than WP7. So it's a win win situation for Microsoft and Android

Lets not forget that Microsoft was suing Motorola even though they owned their 17000 patents already. google buying them is unlikely to change any of that.

efjay said,
Lets not forget that Microsoft was suing Motorola even though they owned their 17000 patents already. google buying them is unlikely to change any of that.

Well, now Motorola is backed in its legal fight by Google money....... this makes a diffrence indeed.
There is also another point: rightly or wrongly a lot of people believe that MS alliance with Nokia was a big blow to Android, now things are much more complicated for sure.

My opinion is that consumers will greatly benefit from this deal: HTC, Samsung etc. will have to release more timely updates to the Android devices they are selling because of the deal and the competition from Google/motorola ones.

efjay said,
Lets not forget that Microsoft was suing Motorola even though they owned their 17000 patents already. google buying them is unlikely to change any of that.
It probably won't affect that specific case, no - but it does give Google leverage in future cases.

still1 said,
Google Dont have to comfort Samsung HTC and Sony. they are already welcoming this deal from Google

http://www.google.com/press/motorola/quotes/

Did you notice all of those quotes are virtually identical, and happen to come from each of the big players offering Android handsets?

Those CEO's were fed that line. They were already "consoled" over the aquisition.

still1 said,
Google Dont have to comfort Samsung HTC and Sony. they are already welcoming this deal from Google

http://www.google.com/press/motorola/quotes/

Those quotes are there to calm the market. They don't show what those OEMs really think about this deal. We will see that in the coming months when they are making their hardware releases.

The reality is, no matter how separate Google makes Motorola they will have a strong sense of impropriety in the market. There will be a lot of high end consumers who will now only want Motorola Android handsets as they are "pure" Google handsets. And OEMs will think Motorola has a connection to Google's Android team that they don't have (even if it isn't true).

They will more than likely react in a way to protect themselves. They will still ship Android, but take on more WP 7 at the same time so they don't feel like all of their eggs are in the Android basket where Google is both their main supplier and main competitor.

Routerbad said,

Did you notice all of those quotes are virtually identical, and happen to come from each of the big players offering Android handsets?

Those CEO's were fed that line. They were already "consoled" over the aquisition.


:-) yeah i noticed that.... they seem similar but i was making my point on this quote.

"You can bet that Google will attempt to comfort HTC and Samsung over the acquisition so that they do not run to the Windows Phone platform ".

I think its doing more good to HTC,Samsung,Sony and LG than harm because of all those patent disputes.... Now Google can protect Android in turn protecting samsung,HTC and Sony from Microsoft and Apple.

Routerbad said,

Did you notice all of those quotes are virtually identical, and happen to come from each of the big players offering Android handsets?

Those CEO's were fed that line. They were already "consoled" over the aquisition.

google doesnt care who makes the handsets as long as they can peddle the ads. HTC,Samsung,LG,ZTE shouldn't be too worried about not getting Android. However, They'd should be worried about their long term outlook and the leverage google now has with inhouse hardware

still1 said,
Google Dont have to comfort Samsung HTC and Sony. they are already welcoming this deal from Google

http://www.google.com/press/motorola/quotes/

Absolutely and you know why?

This is really nothing that will affect them in the long run because Android is open source, but the reason they are glad that Google bought Motorola is because of patents.

Motorola is by far the biggest patent portfolio holder out of all of them and has announced in subtle ways that those patents will be used against competition when time comes. Google has a tradition of not using patents in that way and Samsung, HTC and others have agreements in that regard where Google needs to defend them.

I would say the only ones who have to worry are Apple and Microsoft because Google coming out with hardware and Android along with 17k+ patents is going to be a BIG problem for them.

Not to mention that now Apple trying to ban Xoom in Europe will be a different ball game completely.

Boz said,

Absolutely and you know why?

This is really nothing that will affect them in the long run because Android is open source, but the reason they are glad that Google bought Motorola is because of patents.

Motorola is by far the biggest patent portfolio holder out of all of them and has announced in subtle ways that those patents will be used against competition when time comes. Google has a tradition of not using patents in that way and Samsung, HTC and others have agreements in that regard where Google needs to defend them.

I would say the only ones who have to worry are Apple and Microsoft because Google coming out with hardware and Android along with 17k+ patents is going to be a BIG problem for them.

Not to mention that now Apple trying to ban Xoom in Europe will be a different ball game completely.


True... I totally agree.... but many think its going to be bad for other competitors.

Boz said,

Absolutely and you know why?

This is really nothing that will affect them in the long run because Android is open source, but the reason they are glad that Google bought Motorola is because of patents.

Motorola is by far the biggest patent portfolio holder out of all of them and has announced in subtle ways that those patents will be used against competition when time comes. Google has a tradition of not using patents in that way and Samsung, HTC and others have agreements in that regard where Google needs to defend them.

I would say the only ones who have to worry are Apple and Microsoft because Google coming out with hardware and Android along with 17k+ patents is going to be a BIG problem for them.

Not to mention that now Apple trying to ban Xoom in Europe will be a different ball game completely.

Wow, people think 'open source' is some magical cocktail now. In reality, Android is not 'true' open source beyond them letting you see the code. You can't contribute to Android and anything you might add to the project is completely controlled by Google in what is released and used.

This is different from 'closed source' in NO WAYS whatsoever. (Even with closed source, you can read the machine code of the software, which is sadly something today's generation no longer realizes or is widely capable of doing.)

As for the patents, it does offer Google some protection, but it is also a bit of a trap. As Motorola fought off Microsoft long enough to get Google to get sucker punched, and sadly Google believes in the patents.

As for phone hardware, Motorola patents are awesome. Android still has no protection, and if there was a reason why, it is because of the OSS contributions that were modeled after Microsoft technologies.

If RedHat and every other Android phone MFR has looked at Microsoft's patents and what Linux and Android infringe on under NDA and go, "ok, ya we will make a deal." It is a bit of an illusion that Google will not also come to the same conclusions. Their alternative, is a complete rewrite of Android from Linux kernel to Dalvik on up, and Google doesn't have the engineers to take this on, or they wouldn't have sucked off of OSS and bought Android in the first place. It was NOT the best technology, it was one that was obtainable.

As for the other companies, they are already getting hardware and names out there, and Samsung will run to Microsoft for protection from Apple, and HTC like Motorola and Samsung also stated are tired of dealing with building Android and trying to maintain it, with few planned Android updates for any existing models being sold.

This effectively makes Google another Apple, and Microsoft's WP7 model is specifically to allow OEMs to build to a specification and not have to build or support the OS for the hardware. This is what made Windows successful in the 90s, and sadly only Microsoft seems to realize this.

So go Google, get that Motorola deal, and then you can be pay Microsoft directly, and OEMs will send Android the obscurity it deserves.

still1 said,
Google Dont have to comfort Samsung HTC and Sony. they are already welcoming this deal from Google

http://www.google.com/press/motorola/quotes/

Those company still need to sell the Android devices that are already in the supply chain. Who in his right mind would buy an HTC or Samsung Android device if these companies declared that they're getting out of the Android platform?

thenetavenger said,


So go Google, get that Motorola deal, and then you can be pay Microsoft directly, and OEMs will send Android the obscurity it deserves.

Yes sure; see you in three years. And I own a HD7........

thenetavenger said,

Wow, people think 'open source' is some magical cocktail now. In reality, Android is not 'true' open source beyond them letting you see the code. You can't contribute to Android and anything you might add to the project is completely controlled by Google in what is released and used.

This is different from 'closed source' in NO WAYS whatsoever. (Even with closed source, you can read the machine code of the software, which is sadly something today's generation no longer realizes or is widely capable of doing.)

As for the patents, it does offer Google some protection, but it is also a bit of a trap. As Motorola fought off Microsoft long enough to get Google to get sucker punched, and sadly Google believes in the patents.

As for phone hardware, Motorola patents are awesome. Android still has no protection, and if there was a reason why, it is because of the OSS contributions that were modeled after Microsoft technologies.

If RedHat and every other Android phone MFR has looked at Microsoft's patents and what Linux and Android infringe on under NDA and go, "ok, ya we will make a deal." It is a bit of an illusion that Google will not also come to the same conclusions. Their alternative, is a complete rewrite of Android from Linux kernel to Dalvik on up, and Google doesn't have the engineers to take this on, or they wouldn't have sucked off of OSS and bought Android in the first place. It was NOT the best technology, it was one that was obtainable.

As for the other companies, they are already getting hardware and names out there, and Samsung will run to Microsoft for protection from Apple, and HTC like Motorola and Samsung also stated are tired of dealing with building Android and trying to maintain it, with few planned Android updates for any existing models being sold.

This effectively makes Google another Apple, and Microsoft's WP7 model is specifically to allow OEMs to build to a specification and not have to build or support the OS for the hardware. This is what made Windows successful in the 90s, and sadly only Microsoft seems to realize this.

So go Google, get that Motorola deal, and then you can be pay Microsoft directly, and OEMs will send Android the obscurity it deserves.

I...you clearly don't understand how open source software works. Android is released (predominantly) under the Apache license, which means you can take the source code and do whatever the **** you like with it. That is NOT the same, AT ALL, as looking at low-level machine code - never mind the fact that you can't then take that machine code and (legally) do anything with it anyway.

still1 said,

:-) yeah i noticed that.... they seem similar but i was making my point on this quote.

"You can bet that Google will attempt to comfort HTC and Samsung over the acquisition so that they do not run to the Windows Phone platform ".

I think its doing more good to HTC,Samsung,Sony and LG than harm because of all those patent disputes.... Now Google can protect Android in turn protecting samsung,HTC and Sony from Microsoft and Apple.

All asinine Google Hating CrApple iDiots or MicroCrack lovers are all the same. None of You can stand the competition from Google! lol...... this writer is most likely on the dole or picking up his yearly Troll Care Package, Payola Cash, Xmas Stocking or Grand Chair Throwing Trophy from them.

That was a one time compensation arrangement (that is about to run out) as income to allow M$ to look good while giving HTC a patent to countersue Apple with (not unlike Novell Deal). A trade is not made public, but cash would have made M$ look bad as an Apple hater themselves. Negotiations now favor HTC on this. Since they are already paying more than that on S3 licensing patents, that HTC has gotten from VIA chip maker. This is what changes everything! lol......

The reality is that this is no different than M$ buying Skype or furnishing Office to Apple. They can't afford to use this against their competitors. Like to make the Android Skype App unusable or to stop providing it for competitors and making Skype Free only for it's own WP7 phones. In fact the contract for Skype purchase has to leave it separate from Microsoft in order for them to even buy it. The same scrutiny will be faced by Google and Motorola with it held as a separate entity!

The thing both Google and Motorola are fooling everyone on is that Motorola is only worth 12.5 Billion, when it's total net hard and soft assets are valued at $25 Billion. The other thing is ridiculous Breakup Fee (M$ would be just paying to be a Spoiler) making it so if the purchaser is anybody but Google, they'd most likely be paying that amount if the deal would naturally find away of falling through somehow. lol... M$ nor anyone else was willing to do that and that's why the amount is so outrageous.

Last year Moto made money selling phones. Then they showed one quarter losses and everyone thinks they're going under and being rescued by Google. haha... They have been the #1 selling Droid phones on Verizon, the largest carrier in America. So being part of the Android family has helped both Moto and Google.

By buying Moto, Google has found a way fight M$ and CrApple directly by way of proxy and that's really what this purchase is all about! ^_^ ....and something neither Microsoft or Apple wanted because neither could face Google head on in the courtroom OS to OS with Android beginning development off Open Source Linux Kernel in 2003 years before either of them got WP7 or iOS even going w/ a Touch Interface built from scratch!