Motorola and Google deal more than just patents, and it’s more expensive than before. Plus, Android’s next battle may be outside of United States.
Motorola Mobility and Google deal, inking the whopping $12.5 Bn, is not actually the initial amount that was offered by the search engine giant. According to the report posted by Bloomberg, the Mountain View, California-based company has initially offered $30 per share, but the advisers of the smartphone manufacturer reportedly countered the amount.
The website quotes the document filing that also revealed Google’s offers just to acquire the mobile-centric company. After the August 1 offer worth $30, Google reportedly increased the offer to $37 a share, and still on the same date, the search giant lifted the offer again to $40 a share, which is the final price that secured the biggest Google acquisition ever if the deal will push through.
On the company’s first press release related to the acquisition, Google said the deal is to protect the Android ecosystem from competitors in legal battles — like Apple’s multiple suits against Samsung Mobile, Apple’s suit against HTC, the Taiwan-based company behind the popular Evo 4G smartphone, and others including Microsoft’s. Apparently, Google’s Chairman of the board Eric Schmidt recently confessed, because he’s an honest person, that the Motorola Mobility deal is not just for patents, but also for the tapping of Motorola’s homegrown talents.
“We did it for more than just patents,” reveals Google’s Schmidt in an interview with Salesforce.com Inc’s Marc Benioff, adding that “the Motorola team has some amazing products.” The Google boss also mentioned the Razr as one of the biggest products of the mobile phone company.
Can Google create another “Razr” phone in the so-called post PC era? Apparently, the Razr phone never met the iPhone, which is arguably the most popular smartphone in United States based on the number of sales. Google on the other hand, is the company behind the open handset alliance, the Google Android powering the new popular devices from Samsung, HTC, Motorola and other companies like Sony Ericsson and LG. New emerging companies like Huawei and computer companies like Acer, Lenovo and Dell also tapping the new platform that also powers tablet PCs, or the new emerging device in the era of handheld tech products that can connect to the internet, and consume media in a fast and intuitive way.
Apple started the tablet market with the company’s iPad that recently received the refresh, the iPad 2. Compared to the tablet market which is still not the strongest point of Android, the Android’s smartphone dominance is quite obvious. However, Apple is set to rock the market again with a new device that will include new features that will satisfy its loyal customers, and could attract some Android smartphone owners to “go iPhone.”
The iPhone 5, or the so-called next generation Apple smartphone is reportedly arriving in mid-October. Aside from the expected initial launch in USA, where some adding that Sprint will finally join the iOS ecosystem, Apple’s strategy obviously includes other emerging markets outside of the country, like for example: China.
In a new report posted by multiple websites, the Apple iPhone 5 will hit the China Telecom next month, a wireless carrier that caters 108 million subscribers, which is as big as wireless carriers here in United States. How many subscribers can Apple tap here? Well, maybe millions especially if the Chinese telecom will give the subscribers the proper subsidy.
But Google Android is not into “sitting pretty,” because the smartphone operating system is expected to give its users the biggest refresh ever, the Android 4.0 that will bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets. Revealed by multiple tech sites, the 4.0 update will be the operating system version that the future Android smartphones and tablets will use, similar to Apple’s iPad and iPhone connection.
The new operating system update is also expected to include a phone, or the device that will launch and showcase the software, which is obviously the entry of the Android ecosystem against the iPhone 5, aside from other popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the ARM processor-powered smartphone from the South Korea-based company, and the new Motorola Droid Bionic, the 4G Long Term Evolution smartphone of Verizon Wireless powered by the Texas Instruments OMAP4 chip. Unlike the exclusive Droid Bionic, the Samsung Galaxy S II is available across the world.
Other devices from the Taiwan-based company HTC, or the other Korean manufacturer LG, China’s Huawei etc are also expected to introduce their own “iPhone killers” this year and early next year.
The Google and Motorola Mobility are also expected to give the Apple iPhone 5 the challenge, most likely next year.
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