iPhone 5 release date, Sprint, and Google Motorola connection
Motorola Mobility acquisition is also about the products, not just the patents claims Google Chairman.
Summary: iPhone 5 could also get Motorola Mobility-Google smartphone rivals, search engine giant’s chair claims the $12.5 Bn acquisition is not just about the 12,000 patents, it is also about the products.
Possibly the biggest acquisition of Google, the $12.5 Bn deal with Motorola, is not only about the patents owned by the Android smartphone manufacturer, but also for the search engine company to acquire the popular and innovative products of Motorola Mobility according to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
According to a report posted by Bloomberg on Thursday quoting an interview, Google’s Schmidt has confessed that the search engine giant’s decision to acquire Motorola Mobility is more than just the phone manufacturer’s patents, but also about the company’s products like tablets and smartphones.
“We did it for more than just patents,” reveals Google’s Schmidt in an interview with Salesforce.com Inc’s Marc Benioff. The Google boss added, “the Motorola team has some amazing products.” The former CEO of Google inc. also mentioned Motorola’s once-popular Razr feature phone, praising the Moto team.
Motorola Mobility’s current strategy (even before the acquisition announcement) is to introduce and maintain new, and competitive smartphones, including the company’s upcoming product with Verizon Wireless, the Motorola Droid Bionic which is considered as one of the biggest rivals of Apple’s iPhone 5. The Motorola Droid Bionic will include Long Term Evolution while powered by 1 GHz dual-core processor.
Other new Motorola smartphones with the Google Android operating system have larger screen size of 4 inches or more than. Motorola is also selling a tablet, the Motorola Xoom, which is the first Android tablet to feature the Android Honeycomb operating system build.
Surprisingly, Mr. Schmidt’s statement was circulated online while multiple rumors about the iPhone 5 intensify. Some of the new rumors include Sprint Nextel biting the Apple Pie, and new cases suggesting that the next iPhone will also compete in the larger screen department aside from the rumored dual-core processor and better forward facing camera.
Apparently, Google’s new “best friend” is Sprint Nextel, with the two companies already maintaining devices and services like Sprint’s Google Voice integration, and Google’s first 4G Nexus phone, the Google Nexus S 4G using the Sprint data signal. Plus, Motorola Mobility before the announcement of the Google acquisition, introduced its first ever 4G Android smartphone under Sprint, the Motorola Photon 4G.
Is it possible that Google will aggressively move into the smartphone market not only because of the patents to protect Android manufacturers like HTC, Samsung and LG (and other Android smartphone manufacturers) from lawsuits, but also due to the latest development involving Apple and Sprint Nextel?
Google’s Android may, or may not benefit from the Sprint iPhone 4 and 5. May benefit, especially if Verizon and AT&T will continue to grow their Android smartphone and tablet offerings knowing that Apple iPhone may become a three-way fight. And Google may also not benefit, because iPhone in Sprint may steal some of the current Android smartphone users subscribed under the Now Network.
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