Google made the buy to protect the platform, period. All those patents ensure they won't be stymied in court and lose big money over infringement lawsuits with each progressive step they make. Motorola may be a great company, but, they aren't exactly the leading edge they used to be in the 80's and 90's, but their defense contracts, which is what built them, gives them killer R&D in areas like the jawbone. Sexy as that may be, HTC put a lot on the line for google, and once you build that kind of partnership, your'e not just going to throw it away because you bought motorola. GOOGLE might wanna partner with HTC by purchasing a sizable amount of HTC stock so that HTC knows they are truly vested in the ongoing success of the company. The windows mobile platform sucks for so many reasons, its not worth the waste of time to explain. HP's announcement that they are quitting hardware only backs up the idea that the open source android platform is the future, too bad their so late on the draw... guess they're gonna get theirs for being so thick about making fixes for their vista machines to upgrade to win7, i spent months tracking down the right drivers for the upgrade, and lost 2 laptops to the refurb pile, which will get fixed when the economy lets me, piss off hp...
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