Google seals $13 billion Motorola buy
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:15 PM
Google said Tuesday morning that it has closed the deal to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
Sanjay Jha is stepping down from his post as CEO of Motorola Mobility; Dennis Woodside, a senior vice president with Google, will take over the CEO post for the newly acquired company.
Wonder what will come of this, hopefully something good!
Posted 26 May 2012 - 01:08 PM
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Google officially completed its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Tuesday. It's a watershed moment for the company, marking both its biggest acquisition ever and Google's transition from a search-and-software company to a consumer gadgets maker.
Google named Dennis Woodside, who previously served as president of Google's Americas region and oversaw the integration planning, as CEO of Motorola Mobility (
). Sanjay Jha, the Motorola Mobility CEO who architected the Google takeover, is stepping down.
"Our aim is simple," Woodside said in a prepared statement. "To focus Motorola Mobility's remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world."
First announced in August 2011, the deal passed regulatory muster from both U.S. and European antitrust commissions despite concerns that the combined company might unfairly withhold patent licenses from its competitors.
Buying Motorola gives Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) access to more than 17,000 patents, plus an extra 7,500 that are awaiting approval. The search giant said it plans to use those patents to ward off lawsuits from Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) and Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) that threaten Google's popular Android mobile operating system.
But some industry experts believe that Google is after much more than a patent mine. It's now playing in Apple territory. Buying Motorola gives Google the ability to control both hardware and software, by making its own integrated smartphones and other devices.
"With this acquisition Google can also come up with equivalent of Apple TV, Roku, and tablets," says Sandeep Aggarwal, an analyst at Digital Route.
Hardware has become an important arrow in tech companies' quivers -- it helps keep people within a software company's ecosystem. Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500), for instance, bundles its e-books and media with its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablet.
Google has already inched in that direction by building a prototypein-home entertainment device
, working with Intel (
) and TV manufacturers to makeGoogle TV
, and partnering with HTC and Samsung to design its annualNexus smartphone
. Google receives bids and proposals from various handset manufacturers to make the Nexus device, which comes out every year during the winter holiday season.
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