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 W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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