Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion, Android Motorola Razr On The Horizon?

I leave the house for a little bit this morning and the tech world goes bonkers with Google announce a $12.5 billion dollar purchase of Motorola Mobility. Android fans take note as now there is going to be a whole lot of Android love from Motorola and maybe (hopefully) even the destruction of MotoBLUR. You hear that Google, the tech world wants you to destroy MotoBLUR.

Google is spending a whole lot of cash to turn Motorola into a “dedicated Android partner” looking to “supercharge the Android ecosystem.” Of course this is as much about patents as it is about Google looking to grow Android with Motorola’s Intellectual Property a huge reason this deal was put together.

Google CEO Larry Page has this to say:

Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.

Google of course has said that they remain committed to maintaining an open Android ecosystem and that Motorola will operate as an independent company. In other words Motorola will not become the Google phone and they will still have to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC and LG to manufacturer the next Nexus device.

Google’s manufacturing partners seem upbeat about the deal publicly but one really has to wonder just how excited they are at the prospect of a Google purchase of one of their biggest rivals.

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC:

“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”

Jong-Seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company:

“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

J.K. Shin, President of Samsung Mobile Communications Division:

We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”

Bert Nordberg, President and CEO of Sony Ericsson:

“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

As this story is developing we’ll be updating the post throughout the day!

Google Press

 

 

Full Press Release:

 

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

Combination will Supercharge Android, Enhance Competition, and Offer Wonderful User Experiences

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Aug. 15, 2011 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”

Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, “This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world. We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses.”

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, said, “We expect that this combination will enable us to break new ground for the Android ecosystem. However, our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community. We will continue to work with all of our valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered devices.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the US, the European Union and other jurisdictions, and the approval of Motorola Mobility’s stockholders. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012

Webcast Information

Google and Motorola Mobility will hold a conference call with financial analysts to discuss this announcement today at 8:30am ET. The toll-free dial-in number for the call is 877-616-4476 (conference ID: 92149124). The call will also be webcast live athttp://investor.shareholder.com/media/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=101369&CompanyID=ABEA-3VZHGF&e=1&mediaKey=A21887C59EBAAC12F1BCF4D43C080953. The webcast version of the conference call will be available through the same link following the conference call.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

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  • Jn21now

    This has NOTHING to do about Google making handsets -Google doesnt want to compete with its hardware partners- but to get the thousands of PATENTS that Motorola owns and protect the Android ecosystem -and its hardware partners-. Remember Google is in the midst of a bloody patent war against Apple and Microsoft who recently got Nortel’s patent portfolio for >$4 billion. This is mutually assured destruction tactics..

    • IT Guy

      I agree it’s mostly about patent rights, but oh the thought of a nice Nexus style Google Branded phone…

  • Jn21now

    This has NOTHING to do about Google making handsets -Google doesnt want to compete with its hardware partners- but to get the thousands of PATENTS that Motorola owns and protect the Android ecosystem -and its hardware partners-. Remember Google is in the midst of a bloody patent war against Apple and Microsoft who recently got Nortel’s patent portfolio for >$4 billion. This is mutually assured destruction tactics..

  • Jn21now

    This has NOTHING to do about Google making handsets -Google doesnt want to compete with its hardware partners- but to get the thousands of PATENTS that Motorola owns and protect the Android ecosystem -and its hardware partners-. Remember Google is in the midst of a bloody patent war against Apple and Microsoft who recently got Nortel’s patent portfolio for >$4 billion. This is mutually assured destruction tactics..

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Very Interesting and I agree MotoBLUR suxxors! Now I want to say, “Now Google, do the same thing to Tmo US and kick out the CEO Smeegal Humm” but then, all we’d get would be Android devices and I want more choice than just Android.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Very Interesting and I agree MotoBLUR suxxors! Now I want to say, “Now Google, do the same thing to Tmo US and kick out the CEO Smeegal Humm” but then, all we’d get would be Android devices and I want more choice than just Android.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Very Interesting and I agree MotoBLUR suxxors! Now I want to say, “Now Google, do the same thing to Tmo US and kick out the CEO Smeegal Humm” but then, all we’d get would be Android devices and I want more choice than just Android.

  • Bellside190

    That’s some dr. Evil ish with that outrageous number!! Lol… But yea get rid of motoblur.

  • Bellside190

    That’s some dr. Evil ish with that outrageous number!! Lol… But yea get rid of motoblur.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    Nooooooo.
    They could have use that money for T-mobile !!!

    • Anonymous

      lol its ok, google will make this money back from moto just in time to pick up tmobile at a cheap deal, hopefully.  tmobile hasnt really had any good moto phones in a longgg time.  the defey was alright, but that was about it.  Oh yea and the razr.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    Nooooooo.
    They could have use that money for T-mobile !!!

  • http://twitter.com/PaulHarrisonPro Paul Harrison

    This is the first take-over I’ve heard of for a long time that’s actually good news!

    Oh and as for the “Manufacturer concerned about Google taking over a rival”, bear in mind that they’re fully aware that if Google’s long term strategy is to promote Android, Google cannot allow Motorola Mobility to become a dominant manufacturer. Whereas, right now, it’s in Moto’s best interests to become dominant.

    So…

    Google take over means someone fighting for Android in the patent war *and* the crippling of what’s currently a major Android competitor. It’s win-win for HTC et al.

  • http://twitter.com/PaulHarrisonPro Paul Harrison

    This is the first take-over I’ve heard of for a long time that’s actually good news!

    Oh and as for the “Manufacturer concerned about Google taking over a rival”, bear in mind that they’re fully aware that if Google’s long term strategy is to promote Android, Google cannot allow Motorola Mobility to become a dominant manufacturer. Whereas, right now, it’s in Moto’s best interests to become dominant.

    So…

    Google take over means someone fighting for Android in the patent war *and* the crippling of what’s currently a major Android competitor. It’s win-win for HTC et al.

  • http://twitter.com/PaulHarrisonPro Paul Harrison

    This is the first take-over I’ve heard of for a long time that’s actually good news!

    Oh and as for the “Manufacturer concerned about Google taking over a rival”, bear in mind that they’re fully aware that if Google’s long term strategy is to promote Android, Google cannot allow Motorola Mobility to become a dominant manufacturer. Whereas, right now, it’s in Moto’s best interests to become dominant.

    So…

    Google take over means someone fighting for Android in the patent war *and* the crippling of what’s currently a major Android competitor. It’s win-win for HTC et al.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522447760 Jean-luc Mutabazi

    wow didn’t know google was able to do that woow let the competition between all companies continue won’t be fair if they would have take motorolla and then end partner ship with the other companies :::::—–))))))

  • Anonymous

    This patent war is really disgusting, its really making me loss interest in the mobile phone world. Especially when I saw that Microsoft made more money from android handsets sold, than windows phone sold because of the cut they get from every android phone sold…Disgusting smh

    • n900mixalot

      It is but we should keep it around a little longer, right?

  • Auser72

    Thus we have the new goldrush “Intellectual Property”. Why they call it the “FREE” market, I don’t know know.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    Now Google just needs to “Acquire” T-Mobile, lol

    • Auser72

      That would be the dream scenario.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    Now Google just needs to “Acquire” T-Mobile, lol

  • Anonymous

    This is a defensive win but I don’t expect Moto’s to be the greatest Android phones because of this.  Motorola doesn’t make screens or cpu’s.

    • Equis

      but they have many years in the business and many many patents that can protect them self and everyone that uses android OS against lets say apple 

      • Anonymous

        Right.  Like I said, “defensive win”.

        • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

          nor does HTC make screens or cpu’s but they make good phones. HTC i think gets there screens from sony and their processors from Qualcomm like most other companies do, Samsung is probably the only company that makes all of the components for there phones 

        • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

          nor does HTC make screens or cpu’s but they make good phones. HTC i think gets there screens from sony and their processors from Qualcomm like most other companies do, Samsung is probably the only company that makes all of the components for there phones 

        • Anonymous

          Completely true.  My point is just that Motorola Mobility doesn’t bring much of anything to the table that they themselves actually produce except what? Radios?  

          Again, “I don’t expect Moto’s to be the greatest Android phones because of this.”

        • Anonymous

          You Samsung fanboy, you ;). I agree with you though, I haven’t bought a Moto phone since the razr and I’m def buying the Herc. I wish Samsung shared their SAmoled screens to other oems..

        • Anonymous

          I ain’t said nothin about Samsung yet @HalfwayCrook:disqus   LOL.  I may be getting some flack for my comments in here today but it looks like Google is backing me up with a released statement.

          “Andy Rubin then added the following while giving us some exposure to the overall Nexus process (audio below):

          We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team. What we do — around christmas time of each year — is we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that timeframe. That includes also semiconductor companies and all the components that go into the device. Essentially teams huddle together in one building, they jointly work in these development efforts, they go on for 9 to 12 months, and ultimately at the holiday season or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort. We don’t expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business, they will be part of that bidding process and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.”

        • Anonymous

          I ain’t said nothin about Samsung yet @HalfwayCrook:disqus   LOL.  I may be getting some flack for my comments in here today but it looks like Google is backing me up with a released statement.

          “Andy Rubin then added the following while giving us some exposure to the overall Nexus process (audio below):

          We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team. What we do — around christmas time of each year — is we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that timeframe. That includes also semiconductor companies and all the components that go into the device. Essentially teams huddle together in one building, they jointly work in these development efforts, they go on for 9 to 12 months, and ultimately at the holiday season or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort. We don’t expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business, they will be part of that bidding process and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.”

        • Anonymous

          Delete.

        • Anonymous

          Delete.

        • Anonymous

          HTC gets there display panels from multiple vendors. Hell, they just had two different panels in the Sensation. One made by Sharp and the other made by Acer.

    • Equis

      but they have many years in the business and many many patents that can protect them self and everyone that uses android OS against lets say apple 

  • Anonymous

    This is a defensive win but I don’t expect Moto’s to be the greatest Android phones because of this.  Motorola doesn’t make screens or cpu’s.

  • Allan Kapten

    Why are they all so stuck on Google “defending the Android system”? Its HUMANS who need defending from Android :-)

  • Allan Kapten

    Why are they all so stuck on Google “defending the Android system”? Its HUMANS who need defending from Android :-)

  • Enoel69

    Good buy for the patents. Next buy…go after Tmobile after the deal is rejected. It is obvious from all what i have read that Att main goal to buy out Tmo is to knock off a competitor…they can do LTE without Tmos spectrum. Even their own memos state this…That 39 billion is more than enuf to build a very powerful LTE with all the spectrum they already have…plus they should be allowed to buy the Qualcomm spectrum to add to what they already have. Competition is good for us all…so the four major Networks models works to ensure that.

    • Mckees2006

      like your post……however $39.5 bill is way to much I think AT&T way overpaid!!! Have stock holders of AT&T approved merger yet?

  • Msjones0228

    Is anyone using google plus? Is so can you send me a message so can you send me an invite. missjones0228@ymail.com

    • IT Guy

      Sent!

    • Anonymous

      I got you.

  • BigMixxx

    Motorola CEO threatens to use the patent portfolio to his advantage.  Did he know a future may have been bleek?  Google Buys Motorola Mobility, he is no longer a failure.  Good move on Google’s part, now how to they make it profitable is the question, can’t just throw 12.5 billion and buy up a portfolio, without making money from it.  Will they start charging licensing fee’s?  Hopefully not…

    Looks like we now know where the new nexus phone will be coming from…  And this MAY be good.  Might be a bad sign for Verizon, however.  Most of the ‘Droid’ line may be gone, which may be good, because if someone calls my g2x an ‘Droid’ again….

    • n900mixalot

      No they specifically said they were not going to covet the Nexus line. Motorola Mobility is remaining intact as well, so Droid isn’t going anywhere fast.

    • n900mixalot

      No they specifically said they were not going to covet the Nexus line. Motorola Mobility is remaining intact as well, so Droid isn’t going anywhere fast.

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        i think the “Droid” belongs to Verizon so even if Motorola stops making phone for Verizon another company can and Verizon will call it the Droid so unless Google buys Verizon the Droid will exist.

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        i think the “Droid” belongs to Verizon so even if Motorola stops making phone for Verizon another company can and Verizon will call it the Droid so unless Google buys Verizon the Droid will exist.

        • n900mixalot

          Dagnabbit, I totally forgot! Hahaha. Good catch.

          Losin’ my edge.

        • n900mixalot

          Dagnabbit, I totally forgot! Hahaha. Good catch.

          Losin’ my edge.

        • tmoninja

          the “Droid” name beling to LucasArts LTD and is liscened to Verizon for use. from what I have been able to find, they spent an obsene amount of money for the name too.

        • Richardthegrape

          Exactly, look at the Droid Incredible! HTC makes that. Motorola isn’t the only company making “droids” haha

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        i think the “Droid” belongs to Verizon so even if Motorola stops making phone for Verizon another company can and Verizon will call it the Droid so unless Google buys Verizon the Droid will exist.

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        i think the “Droid” belongs to Verizon so even if Motorola stops making phone for Verizon another company can and Verizon will call it the Droid so unless Google buys Verizon the Droid will exist.

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        i think the “Droid” belongs to Verizon so even if Motorola stops making phone for Verizon another company can and Verizon will call it the Droid so unless Google buys Verizon the Droid will exist.

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        i think the “Droid” belongs to Verizon so even if Motorola stops making phone for Verizon another company can and Verizon will call it the Droid so unless Google buys Verizon the Droid will exist.

      • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

        i think the “Droid” belongs to Verizon so even if Motorola stops making phone for Verizon another company can and Verizon will call it the Droid so unless Google buys Verizon the Droid will exist.

    • n900mixalot

      No they specifically said they were not going to covet the Nexus line. Motorola Mobility is remaining intact as well, so Droid isn’t going anywhere fast.

    • n900mixalot

      No they specifically said they were not going to covet the Nexus line. Motorola Mobility is remaining intact as well, so Droid isn’t going anywhere fast.

  • n900mixalot

    Google: “All your Droids r belong to us.”

  • n900mixalot

    Google: “All your Droids r belong to us.”

  • n900mixalot

    Google: “All your Droids r belong to us.”

  • MIKEEEEE

    when the att-mobile deal falls through DT will gladly sell to google.

    don’t poo poo the idea, they tried it first with iridium.

    i love my CLIQ2.

    • Tatdude806

      Amen, actually they could come up with the cash right now to give to DT and tell AT&T to take a hike! No FCC hearing on that one!

    • Tatdude806

      Amen, actually they could come up with the cash right now to give to DT and tell AT&T to take a hike! No FCC hearing on that one!

    • Anonymous

      How long would it take for Google to profit $39B from “G-Mobile”?

      • MIKEEEEE

        pimp strong, not long. all they have to do is converge it with all their other services. google is global too, imagine if they just partnered with DT instead of simple buying t-mo.

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          But, considering the lack of care DT had for T-Mobile USA in the 1st place (the marketing & everything that led T-Mobile to the point it is now), meh….

      • IT Guy

        T-Mobile had a $1.54b profit in 2010. Its down this year. Using last year’s numbers it’d take 25+ years. This is why DT wants to dump it.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you.

        • Anonymous

           That’s misleading.. although they “only” made a 1.54 billion dollar profit.. they have a larger 4G network than their proposed buyer.. and they had it first.. They have put their money in the right places to provide a better experience for their customers.. DT has made a mistake with this merger, and it has cost them customers… AT&T made 10.5 billion profit with 95.5 million subscribers.. assuming that AT&T can make the same type of profits with it’s T Mobile customers, it would increase their profits by about 3.6 billion a year… When you compare 1.54 billion to 3.6 billion then T Mobile doesn’t seem like it’s doing that badly.. And that’s because it’s not.

        • Anonymous

          How is it misleading?  If they made $1.54B last year then they are on track to take a quarter century to profit $39B.

          Its called a rough estimate.

        • Anonymous

          How is it misleading?  If they made $1.54B last year then they are on track to take a quarter century to profit $39B.

          Its called a rough estimate.

    • really?!?!

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Google built their own GSM network if it does go through.
      Trust me, from a former Google employee. Not sure if that would be a good idea for Google to become a carrier for the consumer in the long run.I am not saying they are a bad company, I have just learned not to trust what they say to the public.
      I am not saying they are a bad company, I have just learned not to trust what they say to the public.

      • Anonymous

        Then as an older google employee….why would we trust your words…….wth leaves google, unless you are going to facebook, microsoft, or apple…..?

        • really?!?!

          Sorandkairi, you dont know what the hell you are talking about. My contract ended. I didnt quit, wasnt fired. Google contracts 90% of their employees. thats a fact. No, I didnt go to either one of those compaines. & why would you listen to becareful for what you wish for?  It might not be a good thing! That is all I was saying. Open your small mind, & try looking at what could happen if Google was to take over. it could be great, & it could be bad. P.S. Googles customer support isnt rated as high as T-mo’s support. something to think about.

        • Anonymous

          Really…..you are too stupid to have realized that the previous statement that I made was clearly a joke…..

          But nonetheless you fail to understand your know words.

          PS what normal google user, non corporate actually uses google customer support……

          Either way as, you’ve already stated, why listen to someone that works for google….

        • really?!?!

          Sorandkairi,…. First off you dint make sound like a joke!!! I think you are confused about you “Know” words!
          & Duh!!! normal customers do not need to use Google’s support! However there are people that use other Google products other than as a search engine. Google is a big company, as if you haven’t noticed. & they have may other aspects than you probably have used!  And I never stated anything about who uses Google support. I stated T-mo’s Support was rated higher than Google’s support.
          And before you call someone stupid, pay attention to what was written before you comment.  

        • really?!?!

          Typo- First off you (didnt not dint )make sound like a joke!!!

        • Ggvilleman

          You both share a similar ability to be coherently inept while trying to put two thoughts together at any given individual rant I have just wasted the past few minuets of my life reading.. Thanks I’ll never get that back..

        • really?!?!

          Typo- First off you (didnt not dint )make sound like a joke!!!

        • really?!?!

          Typo- First off you (didnt not dint )make sound like a joke!!!

        • Anonymous

          Firstly, forgive my for its starting to suck at swype beta.

          Secondly, are you still going on with your little tirade. Did I bring up bad memories from your time at the “googleplex”? I mean ,why are you continuous going on about this. And even if I wasnt joking and just wanted to indeed be rude, wth are you going to do about. Getting all puffed up over a message….what are you 12?

          Lastly, I made that comment in regards to the normal customers because well….anything outside of that would not matter to normal customers. If their services currently with google are good, wth does it matter how that company interacts with other companies. For instance, why should I care about my bank handles a certain company’s account as long as they handle mine as desired, it doesn’t matter.

          But regardless, it was a hypothetical situation and you sir or thinking about it much to hard. In hindsight why am I even wasting my time, you already told me not to trust you mr/ms google…. (can’t tell if you a man or woman….the words sound like a mans but you still whine like a woman)

          #done

        • really?!?!

          Your a troll with big words!! meet be at ABA & back it up! ABA is in San Jose Look it up.

        • Anonymous

          Guess again little one I’ve been following this site since day one……

          David, you should really get a moderator man…..just sayin…..we come here for your news and to help others, not child angst….

        • Anonymous

          Guess again little one I’ve been following this site since day one……

          David, you should really get a moderator man…..just sayin…..we come here for your news and to help others, not child angst….

        • http://tmonews.com David

          You’re telling me…it is pretty ridiculous how people act around here. Volunteers for moderators?

        • really?!?!

          Sorandkairi, you dont know what the hell you are talking about. My contract ended. I didnt quit, wasnt fired. Google contracts 90% of their employees. thats a fact. No, I didnt go to either one of those compaines. & why would you listen to becareful for what you wish for?  It might not be a good thing! That is all I was saying. Open your small mind, & try looking at what could happen if Google was to take over. it could be great, & it could be bad. P.S. Googles customer support isnt rated as high as T-mo’s support. something to think about.

    • umaluver

      What happens if google buys Tmo? The other major carriers pull all android devices. The whole point of android is to put the operating system in as many hands as possible. This would be counter productive.  

    • Anonymous

      You’re saying that Google tried to purchase Iridium Communications, Inc.? Do you have a source for this claim?

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  • http://mediamonstrosity.com Media Monstrosity

    Wasn’t expecting that! Best of luck to all the people from Motorola working for Google now, wonder really how separate the businesses will be.

    • Mark

      Will the Motorola people now get free gourmet food every day?

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Interesting that my Motorola Triumph (on Virgin) has Android on it.  I was wondering why Android worked so well.  Maybe this is the first new “Google Phone.” ;)

    Remember when HTC said it would no longer make phones directly for Google and that it (HTC) said it wanted to concentrate its energies on making phones for carriers. That’s why Google had to go to Samsung for phones.  Now Google owns a great wireless device manufacturer.

    Then there were the patent problems Google was having.  Motorola is an old dog with many patents, something like 15 to 17 thousand. Heck, Google is getting huge value on this deal, simply on the patents alone.

    Wonder how this will affect the Google/Samsung relationship.

    • Anonymous

      I think the reason it works so well is because it is running Stock Android. The Triumph was announced and released before this deal was mentioned. 

      And if it was a “Google” phone, it’d be a Nexus device and have the latest and greatest. Sorry to burst your bubble.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wally-SirFatty/100002167236858 Wally SirFatty

        Or a G1, G2.

    • Mckees2006

      dude HTC is trying to get the Nexus 3…….where are you facts from please?

      • None

        I thought the Nexus 3 was already outed as another Samsung? [pocketnow]

  • Anonymous

    The radio is it.  I’ve heard they have really good radios which I personally cannot attest to.  Loudest ringers?   C’mon @MIKEEEEE:disqus 

    Subtract Verizon’s awesome “Droid” campaign, Texas Instruments’ OMAP, and whoever makes their screen and what are you left with?

    Now as for your comment, are you suggesting that those 4 things were worth the $12.5B spent?  It was about the patents, not making the Nexus 3 with out of Motorola parts.

    • Britneyfan23

      U guys are both ghey htc all da way!

      • MrBonez

        I agree with you Britneyfan23. I’m  HUGE fan of HTC, they are a young company but have very good and strong phones. Motorola used to make great phones but I’ve been told by others that they’ve had many problems with the Motorola smartphones. I’m currently using the HTC Sensation and loving it immensely. HTC is my personal preference and I’m trying to dis on Motorola but they do need a little work as do all smartphones. Battery life is still a problem had by most if not all smartphones.

        • Anonymous

          Really? I’ve been with htc for almost 4 years and plan on dumping them for Samsung. Sad, really, because I never thought i’d leave htc.. All that changes after the GSII

    • Britneyfan23

      U guys are both ghey htc all da way!

  • Anonymous

    I think this move was done not just for Android phones but for Google TV (which up to this point has been floundering),   Motorola makes 30% of all cable set top boxes, if google can get Google TV on those units its a big win.  Suddenly google gets access to millions of homes and on top of that it gets access to viewers TV habits and interests – data way more accurate and granular than Nielsen ratings.  Suddenly targeted advertising while you watch a TV show becomes very possible.  This is the real reason google will make money off this deal.

    As far as phones – its a good deal.  Motorola has excellent hardware but terrible software – just look at their track record on updates, Blur and bugs.  Finally all Motorola phones will be stock android – something everybody wants.  It gives google thousands of patents to defend itself against Apple and Microsoft and we now know that every Nexus phone released will be made by one maufacturer as a flagship device.  Smasung / htc will still make lots of money off android – I wouldn’t worry about that.

    • Anonymous

       Interesting thought.. but are the set top boxes part of Motorola “Mobility” ?

    • Anonymous

       Interesting thought.. but are the set top boxes part of Motorola “Mobility” ?

      • Mark

        No… the set-top boxes, the back-end cell provider equipment plus all the old-school things like two-way radios went to Motorola Solutions.  AFAIK Moto Mobility is just cellphone handsets.

        • Mckees2006

          wrong Mark……see above post

        • Mark

          It looks like you’re right… someone needs to correct WP on the subject (although it’s hard to find hard details on the separation from the Moto website now).

        • Mark

          It looks like you’re right… someone needs to correct WP on the subject (although it’s hard to find hard details on the separation from the Moto website now).

        • Mark

          It looks like you’re right… someone needs to correct WP on the subject (although it’s hard to find hard details on the separation from the Moto website now).

      • Anonymous

        I think so, Motorola Solutions sells only network and government telecom equipment. If you go to the motorola mobility website and click the Home tab – you see Moto Medios (cable TV box) and other TV products.

    • Mckees2006

      Motorola Mobility is comprised of two industry-leading global technology businesses. The Mobile Devices business is an innovative provider of smartphone devices designed to fit every lifestyle. In 2010, the Mobile Devices business launched 23 smartphones globally, including the highly successful family of DROID™ by Motorola devices as well as BRAVO™, DEFY™, FLIPSIDE™, MILESTONE™ and others. The Home business is one of the largest providers of digital set-top boxes and end-to-end video solutions. Motorola Mobility will leverage the capabilities of both the Mobile Devices and Home businesses to deliver innovative smartphones, tablets, set-tops and other converged devices – as well as content delivery and management, and interactive cloud-based services to consumers in the home and on the go.

  • Matthew DeKoekkoek

    Next up, Google buys T-Mobile.

  • nerdlust

    This is a good move to help protect android from the patent trolls. Btw motoblur runs pretty good on my cliq2. I played with the atrix and motoblur runs smooth as butter. I’m hoping for a tmobile higher end moto phone.

  • nerdlust

    This is a good move to help protect android from the patent trolls. Btw motoblur runs pretty good on my cliq2. I played with the atrix and motoblur runs smooth as butter. I’m hoping for a tmobile higher end moto phone.

  • nerdlust

    This is a good move to help protect android from the patent trolls. Btw motoblur runs pretty good on my cliq2. I played with the atrix and motoblur runs smooth as butter. I’m hoping for a tmobile higher end moto phone.

  • Anonymous

    They need to buy T-Mobile if AT&T’s deal falls through because like.. then they would have a complete phone business providing the hardware, software, AND the network.

    I’m dreamin’ but I would have never guessed that they would purchase Motorola.

    • Britneyfan23

      Well hun keep on dreaming cuz like it or not att has da money and most likely this deal will go tru.

    • Mckees2006

      I would love to see Virgin by T-Mobile….

  • Stephen

    If someone owns a Mac, do they basically need to get an iPhone for everything to be compatible (programs lie mail, calendar and then apple-specific  iPhoto, iMovie etc – not to mention their mac app store apps w which probably sync with iPhone apps)…I was given a Mac so I guess a cheaper smartphone really isn’t an option – it would lead to more work and confusion and hassle.  I wish the iPhone were available on all carriers – like in other countries…but I guess we probably have to wait a decade for that.  Noticed that Boost won another customer satisfaction award today…and after 18 mos with them, you get unlimited for $35 …pretty good deal…I also notice many smartphones even with ATT can be gotten for free with a 2 year contract; are they really that inferior to an iPhone?  I don’t know.  Everyone I know has iPhones and loves them…Im the lone holdout with my old cheap Tmobile calling plan that would cost me $20+ more with the others…but I have to make a switch sooner than later.

    • Durandal_1707

      Just sync iCal and Address Book to your Google account — it syncs just fine with Android.

      • Stephen

        This is probably a silly question to you but since I don’t have a smartphone and just got a mac, how does one do that? Do you need some kind of special program or software.  But the apps won’t be compatible as they are different for iPhone and android right?  I know the Mac now has an app store and some of those apps sync with iPhone apps but Im not sure they would do that with Android (even if its the same app but a different version)

      • Stephen

        This is probably a silly question to you but since I don’t have a smartphone and just got a mac, how does one do that? Do you need some kind of special program or software.  But the apps won’t be compatible as they are different for iPhone and android right?  I know the Mac now has an app store and some of those apps sync with iPhone apps but Im not sure they would do that with Android (even if its the same app but a different version)

      • Stephen

        This is probably a silly question to you but since I don’t have a smartphone and just got a mac, how does one do that? Do you need some kind of special program or software.  But the apps won’t be compatible as they are different for iPhone and android right?  I know the Mac now has an app store and some of those apps sync with iPhone apps but Im not sure they would do that with Android (even if its the same app but a different version)

    • James Devenberg

      I’m using a MacBook with a Windows Phone 7 device no problem.  I set up Mail to use my hotmail account, just like on my phone, so even though emails don’t sync between the device and computer, they both are syncing to the same internet source and staying synced with each other as a result.  Microsoft has a program to transfer you iTunes and update your phone called Windows Phone Connector for Mac.  As far as calendar I have them both sync to Google calendar and my phone also syncs with Facebook calendar.  Windows Phone Connector also syncs all the photos on my phone to iPhoto (the phone its self automatically syncs photos with Windows Live SkyDrive by default as well, this is similar to what iCloud will do), and can be used to pull any photos from iPhoto I want onto my phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Better yet get a cheap “Hosted Exchange Account” and all is synced.  Sure, most services will be from the Microsoft sides.  But doing business – Microsoft wins!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Better yet get a cheap “Hosted Exchange Account” and all is synced.  Sure, most services will be from the Microsoft sides.  But doing business – Microsoft wins!!!

    • James Devenberg

      I’m using a MacBook with a Windows Phone 7 device no problem.  I set up Mail to use my hotmail account, just like on my phone, so even though emails don’t sync between the device and computer, they both are syncing to the same internet source and staying synced with each other as a result.  Microsoft has a program to transfer you iTunes and update your phone called Windows Phone Connector for Mac.  As far as calendar I have them both sync to Google calendar and my phone also syncs with Facebook calendar.  Windows Phone Connector also syncs all the photos on my phone to iPhoto (the phone its self automatically syncs photos with Windows Live SkyDrive by default as well, this is similar to what iCloud will do), and can be used to pull any photos from iPhoto I want onto my phone.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    The similarities of this sale to AT&T/T-Mobile are compelling.

    For example, Motorola wanted out of the wireless market, it was too competitive and uncertain. So to does DT in the U.S. market. 

    Google was looking for a handset manufacturer after HTC and other manufacturers told Google it would no longer make handsets for them. AT&T needed the spectrum, licenses, and towers T-Mobile has.

    In the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, there’s a motivated seller and buyer, just as in this deal, except unlike T-Mobile, Motorola was losing money and it really needed Google to buy Mobility.

    Seems to me the only criticism from all this will be everyone’s concern that Google will favor its own handsets over competitors’ Android-based devices.  A valid concern because even though Google said that won’t happen, I don’t believe anything they say. You think AT&T wants to dominate the world?  Google really does.  ;)

    More changes are coming to the wireless industry as alliances are formed, companies go broke, others bow out, mergers take place and sales like this happen two to three times a year.

    As I said before, “standby for incoming.”

    • Mckees2006

      facts…..do you have any to back up this statement of yours?? “Google was looking for a handset manufacturer after HTC and other manufacturers told Google it would no longer make handsets for them” please give sources……and let me take a shot in the dark…..your an apple fanboy????

      • ihatefanboys

        i questioned that as well. there are no facts, its fiction.

    • Richardthegrape

      Interesting, pretty similar indeed.

      I too would like to see sources about other manufacturers saying they won’t make anymore androids for Google. Haven’t heard that before.

      @Mckees2006 Apple fanboy? How does your shot in the dark at calling him that have to do anything? I find it pretty irrelevant. …just saying..

    • H8stylist

      it’s a buyout, usually when you buyout someone it’s because they have something you want or need.  you can draw similarities all you want but google/motorolla does not equal ATT/T-mobile.

      “More changes are coming to the wireless industry as alliances are formed, companies go broke, others bow out, mergers take place and sales like this happen two to three times a year.”

      it’s big business, if there is one constant it is change.  if you aren’t changing with the times, you are becoming stagnant and failing in the eyes of your shareholders.  especially in the cellular world where technology is still rapidly progressing.

      • Anonymous

        As much as I hate to admit it, I find myself agreeing with you. The wireless industry is entering a consolidation phase, we will see more deals of this nature down the horizon. My guess is that a Microsoft/Nokia deal is coming soon. (I know, nothing original there, other people have been saying that for months.) 

        Google + T-Mobile would make no sense, Google hasn’t shown that they have any particular interest in owning a wireless carrier or making the enormous capital investments that would be required if they did. Advertising and technology are their core business, and I can see how Motorola, and in particular Motorola’s patent portfolio, might fit well into that vision. 

        One thing for sure, it’s looking like it’s a good time to be an M&A banker. 

      • Anonymous

        As much as I hate to admit it, I find myself agreeing with you. The wireless industry is entering a consolidation phase, we will see more deals of this nature down the horizon. My guess is that a Microsoft/Nokia deal is coming soon. (I know, nothing original there, other people have been saying that for months.) 

        Google + T-Mobile would make no sense, Google hasn’t shown that they have any particular interest in owning a wireless carrier or making the enormous capital investments that would be required if they did. Advertising and technology are their core business, and I can see how Motorola, and in particular Motorola’s patent portfolio, might fit well into that vision. 

        One thing for sure, it’s looking like it’s a good time to be an M&A banker. 

    • BigMixxx

      Completely agree.  Motorola has a VAST portfolio of patents but they are in bed with companies such as nvidia (Tegra 2, etc) Texas Instruments (now that’s the portfolio you want…the have patents on EVERYTHING including the microprocessor) and others.  The hardware is well into china (#2 phone in china is a motorola phone) and put’s them right on the heals of Nokia…This WAS A VERY GOOD MOVE ON GOOGLE’s PART.

      Think it this way.  The comparison’s are all wrong:

      1)  Microsoft has a hardware partner.  Google has a hardware COMPANY.  Apple has a HARDWARE company

      2)  More to come, yes.  Microsoft buys Nokia and they get the patent portfolio they have. This alone totally screws apple even more ( 11.50 a phone goes to Microsoft, instead of apple.  that’s more money than they would get for windows phone 7).  However, with Motorola having a HUGE patent portfolio, and Now an EVEN LARGER MONEY ARM, it’s finna get really, REALLY ugly for apple and iPhone.  Royalties are a mutha.  Just ask any microprocessor manufactuer….A la Texas Instruments killing them and they don’t really have to do anything.

      3) Android continues to assimilate others.  Cross licensing fees start up, Google stops paying Microsoft, because of the patents it holds ALL of a sudden has.  Xbox 360′s, etc, etc, etc.  Google is finna get it’s money back and in a big way.

      4)  Apple, flat out, in deep shit…and I like apple products….(I have a bunch), but they are stifling innovation, a thing that they have lived on the cusp of, for a long time.

      This Acquisition alone makes Google VERY, VERY mean.  Name one tech company that does not use a Motorola patent. 

      I as far as affecting a ATT buy of T mobile, ain’t no way…ATT wants the spectrum and control of the internet access (the new gold rush)

      ….unless Page allows me to be CEO for a week.  Different subject all together…20 billion Cash for T mobile.  Call it Google mobile, and sell those fancy android phones yourself on your own network…becomes maddening doesn’t it….and damn near give it away.  70 bucks a month for unlimited everything. 

    • BigMixxx

      Completely agree.  Motorola has a VAST portfolio of patents but they are in bed with companies such as nvidia (Tegra 2, etc) Texas Instruments (now that’s the portfolio you want…the have patents on EVERYTHING including the microprocessor) and others.  The hardware is well into china (#2 phone in china is a motorola phone) and put’s them right on the heals of Nokia…This WAS A VERY GOOD MOVE ON GOOGLE’s PART.

      Think it this way.  The comparison’s are all wrong:

      1)  Microsoft has a hardware partner.  Google has a hardware COMPANY.  Apple has a HARDWARE company

      2)  More to come, yes.  Microsoft buys Nokia and they get the patent portfolio they have. This alone totally screws apple even more ( 11.50 a phone goes to Microsoft, instead of apple.  that’s more money than they would get for windows phone 7).  However, with Motorola having a HUGE patent portfolio, and Now an EVEN LARGER MONEY ARM, it’s finna get really, REALLY ugly for apple and iPhone.  Royalties are a mutha.  Just ask any microprocessor manufactuer….A la Texas Instruments killing them and they don’t really have to do anything.

      3) Android continues to assimilate others.  Cross licensing fees start up, Google stops paying Microsoft, because of the patents it holds ALL of a sudden has.  Xbox 360′s, etc, etc, etc.  Google is finna get it’s money back and in a big way.

      4)  Apple, flat out, in deep shit…and I like apple products….(I have a bunch), but they are stifling innovation, a thing that they have lived on the cusp of, for a long time.

      This Acquisition alone makes Google VERY, VERY mean.  Name one tech company that does not use a Motorola patent. 

      I as far as affecting a ATT buy of T mobile, ain’t no way…ATT wants the spectrum and control of the internet access (the new gold rush)

      ….unless Page allows me to be CEO for a week.  Different subject all together…20 billion Cash for T mobile.  Call it Google mobile, and sell those fancy android phones yourself on your own network…becomes maddening doesn’t it….and damn near give it away.  70 bucks a month for unlimited everything. 

    • Googlephonerocks

      As I have said before, you are the only one other than I who gets it!

      This is reminicent of the Motorola split into Infrastructure and Chips; I.E. Freescale, You think there was not favoritism shown!! 

      It was mandated. I know this first hand.

      Googles appeal was that it was open sourced and non protective. We now find that they were a Trojan Horse. Apple is America’s savior as David has pointed out. 

      Do not buy an Android phone until David sells his iPhone.

      • The ATL Guy

        You and Mike should make a sex tape. 

        • None

          I admit, as soon as I saw “As I have said before” I looked up to see if that was Michael

        • None

          I admit, as soon as I saw “As I have said before” I looked up to see if that was Michael

      • The ATL Guy

        You and Mike should make a sex tape. 

    • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

      To be honest it’s almost the perfect deal. I dislike to say it, but most people connect Android with Droid (Motorola Droid), so it was like fate. Hopefully, now all carriers can get a ‘Droid’?

    • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

      To be honest it’s almost the perfect deal. I dislike to say it, but most people connect Android with Droid (Motorola Droid), so it was like fate. Hopefully, now all carriers can get a ‘Droid’?

      • Supaspydaman

        Not exactly, Verizon and George Lucas own the rights to “Droid”

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          I’m confused. I never said who owns the rights to it. I just said” people connect Android to Droid (Motorola Droid)”, which obviously Motorola Mobility is the manufacturer of (Motorola Droid).

        • None

          Verizon does not own anything.  They lease that name.  I am sure any proper contract has an excusivity end date.  Lucas can then lease it to whoever he would like.  I remember so clearly “It cannot be a Nexus unless it is made by HTC”.  Guess what?  It can. 

        • None

          Verizon does not own anything.  They lease that name.  I am sure any proper contract has an excusivity end date.  Lucas can then lease it to whoever he would like.  I remember so clearly “It cannot be a Nexus unless it is made by HTC”.  Guess what?  It can. 

        • None

          Verizon does not own anything.  They lease that name.  I am sure any proper contract has an excusivity end date.  Lucas can then lease it to whoever he would like.  I remember so clearly “It cannot be a Nexus unless it is made by HTC”.  Guess what?  It can. 

    • ihatefanboys

      HTC and SAMSUNG, and LG have NEVER, EVER said they would stop making handsets for GOOGLE

      • Oovoo

        If HTC and Samsung really did want to leave, I am not sure Android would be where it is today (or where it is going).  LG is a “relative” newcomer to high-end phones, Nokia is with Windows now, and Moto really reserves the lion’s share of their decent phones for Verizon until very recently. 

      • Oovoo

        If HTC and Samsung really did want to leave, I am not sure Android would be where it is today (or where it is going).  LG is a “relative” newcomer to high-end phones, Nokia is with Windows now, and Moto really reserves the lion’s share of their decent phones for Verizon until very recently. 

    • The ATL Guy

      Can you please announce your return or something? One day you announce in like 3 separate stories that you are leaving and the next day you are back. 
      Are you a Real Housewives star?

    • The ATL Guy

      Can you please announce your return or something? One day you announce in like 3 separate stories that you are leaving and the next day you are back. 
      Are you a Real Housewives star?

      • None

        He is prepaid and just trolls now.  But honestly, so much is happening in TMO-land these days, I would probably troll at this point too.  Ups and downs of tmobile read like a bad novel that you still cannot put down.

        • Anonymous

          I think you misunderstand the definition of “trolling.”

    • The ATL Guy

      Your just all butthurt because you now used prepaid. 

    • The ATL Guy

      Your just all butthurt because you now used prepaid. 

    • Dominic

      Uh, Michael, did you not read the article a couple down from this one where AT&T flat out admitted that they don’t need T-mobile’s spectrum or towers?  At least think before you type, especially when this very site and AT&T’s own words contradict your thoughts.  Also, AT&T is buying out the competition.  There was/is no competition with Motorola, actually they were on very good terms and were partners.  Your comparison is laughable.  The only things they have in common are that they are being bought for well more than they were worth and they’re part of the wireless industry. 

    • None

      “HTC and other manufacturers told Google it would no longer make handsets for them”
      Huh? If you count myTouch, I think we may have more HTC than Samsung in the smartphone department and Ruby on the way.

    • NancyG

      Hey Mike, your “insight” is pure drivel.  Do us a favor and keep your piehole shut.  Thanks.

      • Anonymous

        Mike is one of the few on here with half a brain, as far as I can tell. If you think you can do better, then contribute something substantive to the conversation or follow your own advice.

      • Anonymous

        Mike is one of the few on here with half a brain, as far as I can tell. If you think you can do better, then contribute something substantive to the conversation or follow your own advice.

    • NancyG

      Hey Mike, your “insight” is pure drivel.  Do us a favor and keep your piehole shut.  Thanks.

    • NancyG

      Hey Mike, your “insight” is pure drivel.  Do us a favor and keep your piehole shut.  Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    OMFG!

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    OMFG!

  • N3rd

    FYI, the G1 was made by HTC not LG.

  • Mark

    I don’t get the persistent hate for MotoBLUR.  Yes, it’s not “stock Android,” but other than Google-branded phones like the G-series what is?  I like the combined Messaging and Happenings boxes; those, plus the contacts-linking which I realize became part of Android with 2.0, are a good portion of why I picked the phone (original CLIQ, and I’m still using it).  Upgrades (the big argument against non-stock Android handsets) are never going to be as constant and seamless as people seem to expect; Google isn’t pushing updates to handset-Android as constantly as it was in the early days of the platform, and regardless of what Google pushes, handset mfgrs. are neither going to try to effectively push Windows 7 into a box designed for Windows 98 (see: 2.1 on the CLIQ), nor are they going to sell phones spec’d for the next two year’s releases of Android ahead of time without charging heavily for it.

    • Anonymous

      Are you the moderator from the moto forums?

      • Mark

        No, I am not; neither do I work for Moto in any other way (and I’m not an XPert either).

        • The ATL Guy

          Do you play a moto on TV?

        • The ATL Guy

          Do you play a moto on TV?

    • Markus

      Because every iteration of MotoBLUR I’ve tried has brought seemingly decent specc’d phones to their knees. 

      My wife uses a Defy as an everyday phone (she’s hard on phones) and the stock ROM was slow and buggy. In theory, most of the features are okay, but poorly implemented. I spent a week with a Droid 2 and came away with the same impression.

      Once loaded with custom ROM’s (CM7 on my Wife’s Defy) it has been quick and reliable. Not to say it’s a particularly powerful phone, but without the additional Blur bloat, her phone is plenty fast. 

      • Tortionist

        I agree, the Defy which I sport with CM7 is very quick and reliable. It’s not powerful, but at 1.2 GHZ it runs quite nicely. The Defy may be only midlevel Android, but overclocked and running CM7 it acts just like a high end phone, plus it’s not delicate. I’ve taken it swiming a few times, no issues here. Motoblur kills the battery life and makes the phone sluggish as hell. It’s proven itself to me.

    • Munkike1

      I have a cliq for my kid and it just sits on the desk because blur doesn’t work tried the old account want sign in tried to make a new one it times out won’t work blue is crap!

    • Munkike1

      I have a cliq for my kid and it just sits on the desk because blur doesn’t work tried the old account want sign in tried to make a new one it times out won’t work blue is crap!

    • Dominic

      The Cliq and Cliq XT are two of worst 3 phones for reliability in the past two years, with the HD2 being the third.  Motoblur is awful and so was Windows 6.5 for the HD2.  If you have a good Cliq then your lucky because I hated answering a call that someone’s phone was freezing and locking up all the time and I always knew which line it was without even asking.  It was always a Cliq, Cliq XT, or HD2.

      • BigMixxx

        My HD2 running Android is stil running android.  Perfect Phone.  HD2 is the greatest hardware running the lamest OS yet.  Now that folks are running android on it…..One of the best phone’s in T mobile’s lineup…

        • Alaintucker

          Have been running Gingerbread on my HD2 for the past 9 months and have been loving it.  Have small glitches every now and then, but overall it has been problem free.  The HD2 is probably one of the best phones for installing Android OS. 

        • Alaintucker

          Have been running Gingerbread on my HD2 for the past 9 months and have been loving it.  Have small glitches every now and then, but overall it has been problem free.  The HD2 is probably one of the best phones for installing Android OS. 

      • Ed

        Funny, my HD2 to this day still doesn’t lock up. 

      • Ed

        Funny, my HD2 to this day still doesn’t lock up. 

      • Ggvilleman

        I went from the Click to the G2 and never had any problems with the Click either. 

    • Dominic

      The Cliq and Cliq XT are two of worst 3 phones for reliability in the past two years, with the HD2 being the third.  Motoblur is awful and so was Windows 6.5 for the HD2.  If you have a good Cliq then your lucky because I hated answering a call that someone’s phone was freezing and locking up all the time and I always knew which line it was without even asking.  It was always a Cliq, Cliq XT, or HD2.

  • Anonymous

    I actually hadn’t seen that post yet, but it seems pretty obvious why Goog would want to buy Moto other than patents. Also don’t forget I think Goog is making a strong play for streaming ads to your TV. You should never forget that Goog at heart is an advertising company.

  • Demf

    Ah if Google is so concerned about protecting the ecosystem then why don’t they just buy Exxon, BP, or even Captain Planet!?

  • Demf

    Ah if Google is so concerned about protecting the ecosystem then why don’t they just buy Exxon, BP, or even Captain Planet!?

  • TooBig

    Soon they will have to break up Google like they did AT&T.

    • http://MobileGenius.wordpress.com JM

      …then the pieces of the then former Google can buy one another until they create a brand new company. Just for kicks they can then name it Google. You know, sort of like what happened with AT&T.

    • http://MobileGenius.wordpress.com JM

      …then the pieces of the then former Google can buy one another until they create a brand new company. Just for kicks they can then name it Google. You know, sort of like what happened with AT&T.

    • RoccoDi

      2big, you do realize that before AT&T was broken up they basically controlled 100% of the local & long distance services in the U.S. (excluding rural areas).  Newsflash:  Google is not a cell phone manufacturer and Motorola Mobility is.  This does not concentrate either of the products/services that these two companies offer.  This deal will sale through.

      On a side note, AT&T buying T-Mobile combo is not even close to causing any monopoly concerns in the cellular provider market.  That deal will also go through.  The government likes to put on a show for 12-18 months in these telecom deals.  Our tax dollars need to be spent somehow. 

    • RoccoDi

      2big, you do realize that before AT&T was broken up they basically controlled 100% of the local & long distance services in the U.S. (excluding rural areas).  Newsflash:  Google is not a cell phone manufacturer and Motorola Mobility is.  This does not concentrate either of the products/services that these two companies offer.  This deal will sale through.

      On a side note, AT&T buying T-Mobile combo is not even close to causing any monopoly concerns in the cellular provider market.  That deal will also go through.  The government likes to put on a show for 12-18 months in these telecom deals.  Our tax dollars need to be spent somehow. 

    • RoccoDi

      2big, you do realize that before AT&T was broken up they basically controlled 100% of the local & long distance services in the U.S. (excluding rural areas).  Newsflash:  Google is not a cell phone manufacturer and Motorola Mobility is.  This does not concentrate either of the products/services that these two companies offer.  This deal will sale through.

      On a side note, AT&T buying T-Mobile combo is not even close to causing any monopoly concerns in the cellular provider market.  That deal will also go through.  The government likes to put on a show for 12-18 months in these telecom deals.  Our tax dollars need to be spent somehow. 

  • Diamond_Prince

    W.T.F SAY GOOD BYE TO ANDROID ON OTHER PHONES :/ OR IF NOT MOTOROLA WILL BE GETTING THINGS APPS, UPDATES OR OTHER THINGS MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS FIRST. NOW YOU KNOW THAT SUCKS!!