So, this is kind of a big deal.
Obviously Google wants to control the end-to-end hardware and software experience of Android devices, a la Apple.
From my brief couple weeks using a Nexus S, vanilla Android is pretty nice. You don’t really notice the major changes made by the carriers and manufacturers until you use stock Android.
Anyway, now Google’s Nexus line will have a home at Motorola. Expect that to include both phones and tablets.
What will be interesting is the domino effect this acquisition will have on other manufacturers and carriers.
Expect Apple to snicker to itself.
It will be interesting to see how other manufacturers who have bet big on Androind, e.g. HTC, will react.
The other big piece of this deal is Motorola’s patent portfolio, which has to be enormous, given their decades of experiences in mobile.
Google is arming itself for the patent wars to protect the Android profit machine.
Anyway, this is huge. Find the comments.
Update 2: It’s interesting to hear all the talk about Google defending its Android partners from companies that might be considered competitors now. This will be interesting. Also, it looks like the Nexus line will continue to be up for grabs each year, best OEM wins. I wonder how long that will continue. More updates as I wade through the coverage.
Update 4: We were just chatting about this merger, and WebOS came up, specifically the fact that HP will license it. Even though new WebOS devices have only recently hit the market, they are already being discounted, leading to speculation that sales are less than expected. Now that Android-centric manufacturers like Sony, LG, HTC, etc. (not Samsung, due to their homegrown success with Bada) face the possibility of Google as both partner and competitor, WebOS may look a lot more attractive as a licensing option. Obviously good for HP too, especially if the price cuts indicate slow sales.
Update 5: Probably the last update. Tomi Ahonen has some interesting and thick analysis of the news, especially wrt to Nokia. His viewpoint as a former insider is interesting. I’ve heard the buzz around the MeeGo-powered N9, and it seems shocking that it could be purposefully crippled by management. Stranger things I guess.