Google becomes world 8th larges mobile phone manufacture when acquiring Motorola
15 August 2011 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Google today confirmed that they have acquired Motorola Mobility, the mobile phone division of Motorola Corp. By doing that, Google will becorme the worlds 8th largest mobile phone manufacture
Motorola having success with the Droid series of Android smartphones. But it is not very long time ago since Motorola was predicted a short life. But after the change and forcus over to the Android platform, everything has changed. Motorola is not the larges mobile phone manufature out there with only 10.2 million units shipped last quarter, but they have a strong position in the home market US. In quarter 2 2011, Motorola had a market share of 2.4%.
The price Google are willing to pay for the company is 12.5 billion USD. 12,500,000,000 dollar is a lot of money for a hardware manufacute with very hard competitors. Needless to say, it is googles biggest transaction ever.
Motorola is mostly in the Google world of OSs allready, and it will be interesting to see if the acquisition will prevent Motorola from being a Microsoft partner by shipping any Windows Phones anytime soon. It's only a week ago since Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that all of our focus today is on Android but that the company was completely open to the notion of Windows as a platform. We doubt that Windows Phone will have any focus in the future now that Google has bought the company.
Google has been working close with all manufactures of Android smartphones allready, but with this acquisition, Google will get valuable inside info about whats going on in the hardware smartphone industry. Interesting to notice that while Nokia has stopped doing its own operating system and outsourcing this to Microsoft, Google is doing the other way around. Beeing more like Applelish.
Andy Rubin of Mobile Google commented on the transaction:
Time will tell
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Logical step for Google, because of Apple and Microsoft-Nokia.. but what that`s mean for the manifacturers, I think only time will tell... I kinda don`t believe in Larry Page words.