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Poll: Will Google's Motorola patent acquisition gambit pay off?

As you have likely heard, Google is buying Motorola. But will this gambit to acquire Motorola patents and secure Android from lawsuits work? Take our poll and let us know what you think.

Google, Inc. announced its plan to purchase Motorola Mobility on August 15, 2011, and the technology blogosphere has been buzzing ever since. This is a bold move by Google to acquire patents that will protect, or at least minimize, attacks on Android smartphones and other devices by competing companies. It will certainly be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Over on sister-site ZDNet, Larry Dignan makes a strong argument on why the deal could be a winner:

Google's $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility bet: 6 reasons why it makes sense

I think it makes sense too. The mobile market is the new frontier for technology development and the big technology companies know it. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, and everyone else typically considered to be in the "tech industry" are maneuvering and positioning themselves for the next huge market opportunity. Consolidating and conglomerating is the current strategy.

Do you think Google's acquisition of Motorola is a good idea? Do you think it will pay off in the end? Is there a downside? What is the risk to this strategy?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

12 comments
Richard Turpin
Richard Turpin

Outside of the US Motorola telephone contrivances are quite a rarity they are certainly not considered to be any competition, and having had one many years ago found it to be adequate but no where near as good as the Nokia's I have subsequently purchased since.

SimionT
SimionT

Not only Google and Motorola will benefit, but also all Android hardware providers, time will tell. Thumbs up for all who made this possible!

gaetgodi
gaetgodi

Combined with the recent acquisition of Nortel patents, for sure a good move!

JJFitz
JJFitz

It seems like most experts agree that the purchase was mainly for the patents and the hardware is icing on the cake. I would be happy if this move simply reduces the amount of patent lawsuits which does very little but stifle innovation.

alfielee
alfielee

This protects Android from Microsoft & Apple as Motorola have been in the mobile industry for a lot longer that either of the others. That will give them some protection patent-wise. As long as Google don't shoot themselves in the foot & put all the other Android-makers offside by claiming funds for their Moto portfolio, remember G are really an advertising company, then Android will forge further on. This also bodes well against Oracle in the "better-than-thou" sense as Google's Java entrance was to be freed of patent damages by Sun but Oracle, who initially agreed has turned tail on this & are claiming damages. Damages for what I'd like to know considering they didn't build Java at all. Oracle are already looking bad & any review of the Java patents may end up being tossed out...

ToadWiz
ToadWiz

Lots of good comments about hardware, but it seems to me that the current battle is over patents, not phone quality. The idea of the Micro$loth tax of $15 for every Andriod sold is abhorent to me, and patent trolling for unearned profit is the apparent real battleground. I don't think Google's acquisition will end this practice, but at least it will send a notice to M$ that their competition isn't just going to roll over and bow to Redmond.

wuboyblue
wuboyblue

Well, as a Droid Incredible owner I count the days until I can return the F$!Ck'n phone for something else. Maybe an iPhone (good hardware) or something Droid/Motorola. I like Droid, but the HTC has been less than satisfactory in terms of quality. Google should really start leaning how to do retail and police it's app store better than it does.

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

If you think Google acquired Motorola just for its patent portfolio, you must really think they're stupid. Google has put Android out to create real competition for Apple's iOS and quite literally almost everyone BUT Motorola has screwed it up--and Motorola itself hasn't always been the best player either. Of all the Android phones on the market, the ones built by Motorola and Samsung seem to be the best, reliability-wise. The hardware they make is pretty solid in most cases and it stands up fairly well to everyday punishment. Unfortunately, Samsung seems to have their thumbs in dark places because for whatever reason they seem to have almost the worst customer satisfaction ratings among Android users, better only than HTC with its abysmal 51% rating while Motorola seems to be riding the top at about 67%. The iPhone on the other hand has better than 90% Customer satisfaction. iOS vs Android itself is much closer, with iOS at about 77% and Android alone near 71%. My point is that if Android is really going to surpass Apple on a device-by-device comparison, Google itself needs to take control of Android and show the other manufacturers how it's done. Apple's one strong point is the integration between device and OS and quite honestly no one brand has been able to match Apple's sales--even at bargain basement prices. By buying Motorola Mobility, Google has the knowhow to integrate the software to the hardware and the ability to build the hardware the way they want it. For Google to do any less is a total waste of their money.

Spitfire_Sysop
Spitfire_Sysop

I have been using Motorola phones for years. I like the Android system. I have been impressed with Motorola Android devices. It seems like the next logical step.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Do you think Google's acquisition of Motorola is a good idea? Do you think it will pay off in the end? Is there a downside? What is the risk to this strategy?

johnmckay
johnmckay

If you can survive chaarging your phone every 24 hours then consider an iPhone. If you want three days consider the HTC Wildfire or some newer droids, or a Blackberry. My BB Torch does a great job and keeps my iphones in my bag, simless for testing. My HTC Hero started needing charged every 24 hours and is now sidelined. If you're travelling a lot I would forget the hype and look at a newer Android, or BB. There might be others but thats the three I work with on a daily basis. Oh, and some do proper multitasking, like the windows phones. You know like you can start googlemaps browse the internet and return to the map. Quite handy ! :-)

vegesm
vegesm

Customer satisfaction only 51% for HTC? Wow, can you give a link about this?

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