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  1. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    Might be a similar offensive strategy to Apple wrt slugging competition with patent infringement lawsuits.

  2. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    I wonder if Google is not running too fast than it should be.

  3. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    Completely surprising news, at least to me. Do I think it's a good move? Well for MM shareholders, certainly! And yes, probably a smart move overall.

  4. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    MM stock up 50%

     

  5. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    I am curious with RIM, Nokia, and Motorola all having serious issues, can google save Motorola?

     

  6. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    Anybody else out there surprised by this though? I really didn't see this coming. Also, amazing to think that if this goes through, it'll be Google's biggest financial acquisition yet…

  7. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    Google stock still down 2.5%

     

  8. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Hi all,

    Thanks for joining us. In aminute, I will tuirn this over to EBN Editro in Chief Bolaji Ojo, who will begin out chat today.

  9. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    Very surprising news to me, but running hardware business is different.

     

  10. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    @RichK, that's a good point about the patents, do you think this was more of a move for the patents and the rest of the business was just bonus? Or the other way around?

  11. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    Hello

     

  12. jbond
    August 15, 2011

    Hello

     

  13. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    Hello world!

  14. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    I was very surprised, but I think it is a great move

     

  15. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    Motoroal has thousands more patents than Nortel ever did.

  16. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    or Google is so cash rich it is hurting for better ideas on how to spend its cash

  17. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    I'm a little bit surprise

  18. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Everyone, and thanks for joining us. Today, Bolaji Ojo–one of the most qualified people I know to beging this discussion, will fill us in on why this is such a momentous event.

    Please welcome my colleague, Bolaji Ojo

  19. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Barbara and all, we have assisted to a surprise announcement today.
    -Matteo

  20. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    hello Bolaji

     

  21. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    Hello, Barbara, and welcome, Bolaji!

  22. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Barbara and Bolaji

     

  23. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    @Jay, as far as Google “saving” Motorola, I really don't think Motorola was in as tough as shape as RIM or Nokia… I actually like some of what Motorola is doing with their hardware, and I can't say that for RIM. And Google acquiring Nokia would obviously make zero sense…

  24. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    I'm a little bit surprised, but we know that Google is getting very ambitious

  25. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    Good afternoon and thank you for joining us for this Live chat. I have a few opening comments on the transaction announced today by Google. We'll take questions but also please feel free to let us know your own thoughts on the transaction.

  26. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Bolaji–Can you give us some background on this first?

     

  27. Ms. Daisy
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Everyone!

  28. Wale Bakare
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Everyone

  29. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    Sorry, I just tried twice to post some opening comments but they didn't show up.

     

  30. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Hello, good afternoon to everyone.

  31. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, Bolaji and all:
    I would like to start with two a very basic question: does this announcement mean Google is changing its strategy moving on hardware ? We have discussed about battle for leadership in mobile involving Google, Apple, Microsoft . Right now scenario's competitors could change?

  32. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    Google is buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. This in my opinion is first a defensive transaction. The main driver for the acquisition is the need to protect the Android platform from patent litigation. Android represents a next-generation revenue driver for Google but it has also come under tremendous pressure from Apple.

  33. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    In its biggest deal to date, Google said it would pay $40 per share in cash, a 63 percent premium to Motorola Mobility's Friday closing price on the New York Stock Exchange.

  34. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Isn't Motorola already on teh Android platofrm? Were thery going to comepte with Droid?

  35. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    Motorola Mobility will join Google with 7,500 patents. Motorola invented the mobile handset and it has thousands of patents related to the wireless market. Apple's latest victories against Samsung in a German court and in Australia have shown the entire market the next battlefront in this market is in patents. Without a strong patent base support for Android could easily erode.

  36. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @Rich but think about how that could boost employment!

  37. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    How would this protect the Android Platform?  It is still an open platform that Google is licensing out.

  38. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    The question is: Will that really protect Google from patent battles?

  39. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Hello, Bolaji, what would be the relationship of this adquisition and the Nortel patents?

  40. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    Just to be clear. What is the potential patent infringement faced by Google?

  41. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @mario8A so this is one stock that is doing well despite the market's freefall

  42. Wale Bakare
    August 15, 2011

    It is best acquisition of the year 2011. I think best move ever – a knight move which may perhaps sends jittery signal to Apple and others

  43. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    It looks like Google is changing to a hardware company as well. They supposed to release laptops running Chromium 

  44. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    Boosting employment would be a great plus if Google plans to invest in the business, which hopefully they will

  45. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    OK. Got the patent part. Doesn't Samsung also make a Droid, and LG?

  46. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @eemom, The transaction protects Android because of the patents that Motorola Mobility will contribute to Google. The company can evolve Android away from the patents that are currently in dispute and assure Apple, Microsoft and other disputants have no grounds to contest the validity of Android. Remember, Google licenses Android. If the licensees are concerned about its legality they will seek alternatives.

  47. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Parser: I agree and going further, including first aim from Google to deliver broadband wifi, next field for them could be wifi router market.

  48. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @mfbertozzi — Yes, Google is moving away from its software-only background. This is an important distinction and the second reason why this deal makes sense for the company. What is Apple, afterall? It is both a hardware and a software company. If you want to compete against the globe's most successful technology company then you need to play everywhere it does.

  49. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    @Arelia – could be, however it could be an strategic move to pump some money into motorola core bussines.

  50. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    If I were an engineer at RIM I would now apply to Google. 🙂 

  51. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji, that makes sense.

  52. Wale Bakare
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji, will Motorola Mobility remains as brand name for the future mobile phones and tablet PC?

     

  53. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    It seems like this purchase is going to hurt RIM even more.

  54. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji Great point

  55. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    “If you want to compete against the globe's most successful technology company then you need to play everywhere it does.”   This surely makes sense. 

  56. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji -Do you think Google's move into the hardware business discourage other hardware vendors from licensing Android?

  57. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    Everyone was surprised at this decision by Google but the company had previously indicated it needs to expand operations beyond its traditional area. It is competing now against some of the biggest companies in the world and the more it expands onto their turfs the angrier and more competitive they become. Google has Chrome OS and Google Office, both of which represent direct assaults on Microsoft. Android was a challenge to Apple OS.

  58. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    @Jay_Bond I think RIM has been hurting for a while now

  59. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    @Arelia, I think RIM is not in their best shape right now, so it will be a good idea to start looking around.

    Bolaji, how this adquisition impact the  Mobile phone bussines for MM?

  60. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Good question eemom.

     

  61. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Guys..Sorry I'm a bit late..

  62. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @eemom, Absolutely not. Google is actually securing the licensees ability to continue developing products for Android with the acquisition. The company spoke with the five major Android licensees before announcing the latest transaction and they were happy at the development, said Larry Page, Google CEO. Why would they be? Nobody wants to develop a product that gets stuck in a courtroom.

  63. Ms. Daisy
    August 15, 2011

    Understandably, companies are diversifying to remain competitive. The pick up of a hardware company to balance google's software position is a good idea on papaer, but would it enhance google's image or simply drain it of life?

  64. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    It is not obvious that Google will make a great hardware manufacturer.  If however MM is a great hardware developer / manf and if Google is OK funding MM but keeping hands off then it might be good deal.  However Apple is such a tight systems company (HW and SW) that it will be hard to compete.

  65. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    To get back on topic, what does this mean for the otehr hardware makers that license Android?

  66. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    I think that Google's action is the same as IBM in 1980: released architecture to competition and still produce computers. Android will the next king OS. 

  67. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    They wull feel rather nervous now.

  68. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    I think this purchase helps to stabalize people's concerns of Googles viability in the market.

  69. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    The Motorola Mobility deal may represent a victory for activist investor Carl Icahn, Motorola's biggest shareholder. He has urged Motorola to consider splitting off its patent portfolio to cash in on surging interest in wireless technology. As of July, Icahn held an 11.36 percent stake in the company.

  70. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    Android grew out of its “openess”.  That will be affected if Google now owns a major consurmer of its OS.

  71. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    I agree that this move elevates Google place in the market.  Time will tell how Google will invest in the hardware business and how they will advance Motorola's products.

  72. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said this transaction offers significant value for them. We are discussing mainly on Google, what about MM?

  73. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Mario, Motorola needed Google even more than Google needed Motorola. Once a company begins to lose traction in this market it is tough to regain the footing. Motorola's Xoom hasn't done too well but I can imagine the additional cachet the company will gain when its products (hopefully) starts rolling out with a Google icon on it. Furthermore, Google is a cash machine. It has more than $40 billion in cash and continues to spin off more money than it can use. It hasn't and doesn't need to pay dividends because its shares continue to do very well. Motorola Mobility needs to be able to compete without watching the bottom line for a few quarters. Google offers it the opportunity to do this.

  74. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Aother good point eemom. What will be the next step in terms of the hardware platform? What will be the answer to Apple's next salvo?

  75. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Bolaji. what can we expect of MM future?

  76. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    Seems like MM folks really made out on this deal.  Nothing better than a buyer who has deep pockets to right what ails the company.

  77. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    thank you for your answer Bolaji, very well explained.

  78. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, The other Android licensees should feel a bit more secure. Microsoft wants to charge up to $15 per product for each Android hardware. This is a killer for any product. If Google can assure them the patent problem will go away then they can focus on being competitive with the hardware. All of the major Android licensees are in a panic currently. These include Samsung, HTC and Motorola Mobility itself.

  79. Wale Bakare
    August 15, 2011

    From the shareholders point of view, MM board will be happier and to expect rise in price of shares in stcok market.

  80. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji What do you anticipate Google's next move will be seeing how agressive they have been?

  81. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    Do MM acquisition include tables?

  82. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    The Xoom had good initial buzz–why didn't it do so well? Ipad? Galaxy?

  83. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    Looks good for MM in the near term but I have seen many similar deals that fizzle out when the hype wears off.  So much depends upon how the sen mgmt gels and how cohesive a strategy that can be developed.  

  84. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @ Barbara: well, we are matching Google and Apple, but at the end I am not convinced it is right. Market they address, imo, is different so maybe Apple hasn't a real need for making a next step and maybe they are in condition to take time and plan it at the right moment.

  85. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    I wonder if Apple will try to fight back and how?

  86. Wale Bakare
    August 15, 2011

    Apple may dumb litigation battle and refocus on new innovation.

  87. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks Bolaji. This makes a lot of sense and Google is a brilliant strategist.

  88. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Does Apple has a bigger challenge now that Google will be managing MM?

  89. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Pocharle, We can expect more patent-related acquisition from Google. The company is by no means done with regard to protecting its platforms and it is expanding these dramatically. Larry Page said during a conference call: “Even with this deal, we will have enough resources to pursue substantial major deal.” I believe the company will do exactly what it promised.

  90. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    Hello. So I found you.

  91. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    Google needs to leverage it strength in internet and link its MM biz into that more seamlessly than Apple.  At the end of the day it is data/info that is the profit maker and not low margin hardware.

  92. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    or…Maybe Apple will double its litigation efforts.

  93. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    mfbertozzi–Don't they both target smartphone and tablet markets? (This is my weakest market, so that may be a dumb question)

    😉

  94. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    @Hospice, I don't think Apple needs to fight back at the moment. Especially since I don't know if they are on even playing surfaces at the moment. 

  95. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    @mario8a: I don't think Apple really needs to be concerned about it..

  96. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    Hi, SF!

  97. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    @Hospice_houngbo Apple my fight back only by allowing Flash on iPad/iPhone.

  98. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    Hi, HH! 🙂

  99. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Susan–love to hear your thoughts on the announcement today by Google

  100. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    Wow this should be exciting from Google's end

  101. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Google is the maker of the Android mobile phone operating system software,  but has been hampered by a lack of intellectual property in wireless telephony

  102. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @Jay_Bond: We will see. 

  103. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    Apple should be concerned and they should plan on having a formidable competitor in the market

  104. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    Apple and Google with MM will leave MS and Nokia in dust. 

  105. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Hospice_Houngbo, Apple is definite to fight back. The company seems though to be forgetting that it's biggest weapons are its design capabilities. It wins when it designs the best products. The courtroom litigations are a distraction and they detract from what Apple is. They also create a public relations problem for Apple. Customers want them to win on the basis of their product and not on the basis of tying up rivals.

  106. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Bolaji–from the supply chain standpoint, do you see any chnages? My initial thoughts are no–MM has that pretty squared away–but will Google have any impact on supplier relationships?

  107. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @Parser: That is the least thing we are expecting them to do

  108. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, good question!

  109. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    I agree that market battles should be won by the best product design and not by patent litigation. Does anyone think Apple's moves indicate a chnage of style from the Jobs days, or does this reek of fear?

  110. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    @Parser Let's hope not. I want MSFT to stay viable. A 3 ring circus is always better

  111. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, I don't see any immediate changes in the supply chain. Motorola is pretty strong in terms of its sourcing strategies and Google doesn't add much purchasing power to the union. However, what the relationship does is to strengthen companies in the supply chain who might have been thinking some of the Android licensees might have to close up shop in the market sector because of the growing pile of lawsuits. If Android survives and thrives then the Samsung, HTC and other licensees and their suppliers can be sure of a profitable future.

  112. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    If MM procedures and systems change as a result of adhering to new Google policies there might be flow through to MM suppliers.

  113. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    I believe Google will have a whole different way of dealing with suppliers as far as Supply chain is concerned..

  114. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji: That's good thinking, and the guys at Apple should understand that 

  115. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, I don't know that it is fear as much as arrogance.  Apple doesn't think anyone else can design a decent product without infringing on ts patents.

  116. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara: Yes, they do, but other segments are within Apple portfolio (larger than that one owned by Google). As consequence, imo ;-))), for certain aspects are doing a “mismatch” game…

     

  117. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @taimoorZ It's true that companies do have different styles, so if one takes over another one, some change in the way it relates to its suppliers is inevitable.

  118. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    I think the change will happen at the end of 2011, was this date pallned based on the customer demand for the holidays?

  119. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    *planned …

    excuse my typo

  120. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks Bolaji. I agree–Google has cachet, but not a lot of component buying clout. I wonder if it might influence design more, now that it “owns” a hardware co.?

    It also may be a benefit from the productions standpint–as you point out, knowing the Android platform is secure means componetn makers will contnue to develo for the platform and there should be no supply cconstraints

  121. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    Hi, Barbara. I was interested in the announcement as it seems to be sort of a patent deal. 

  122. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Parser, Microsoft will only be tangentially concerned. They were hoping they could stem Android's growth by creating a legal minefield but that won't happen now. The next shoe to drop, which I plan to address in a coming blog is the Nokia-Microsoft angle. Microsoft is both a hardware and a software company. Nokia is moving closer to Microsoft and has dropped the Symbian OS in favor of Windows. Is there a possibility Microsoft may buy Nokia? Valuation won't be a concern. Microsoft has the dough and Nokia is trading at a discount today. Why not?

  123. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    While Google does not have buying clout now, hardware vendors should know that they will in the future and support them accordingly.  This is not just any new no-name coming into the H/W business

  124. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks mfb. I tend to look at it as smartphones vs. tablets, but the mobility aspect is really what distinguishes the players. Cannot be understated

  125. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    @ Bolaji, Does Microsfot has enough cash to buy Nokia?

  126. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @SF: “Is there a possibility Microsoft may buy Nokia?” 

  127. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji: According to the last I heard from Nokia concerning a possibility of Microsoft buying Nokia, Nokia denied it quite clearly. 

  128. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    Nokia would be a might pill to swallow but it cannot be discounted.

  129. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji What would be Nokia's benefit for being bought out by MSFT?

  130. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji Ojo, yes I can see that after Google's purchase MS will buy something too.

  131. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji: According to the last I heard from Nokia concerning a possibility of Microsoft buying Nokia, Nokia denied it quite clearly. 

     

  132. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Bolaji–excellent point about Microsoft/Nokia. I saw in the WSJ that Microsoft is struggling with the move away from PCs into smartphones and tablets. They definitely have skin in this game

  133. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji, Barbara, all: this announcement is depicting for taking leadership hardware is mandatory. Anyway this acquisition is exactly the reverse Nokia did as strategy: hw manufacture has created a jv with software. The reason for moving Google on MM acquisition for patents is appearing quite poor…are there other key factors to consider?

  134. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    Microsoft buying Nokia seems kind of ridiculous..I don't see what either of them can get anything from this deal.

  135. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    I like the Google/MM connection more than Mircrosoft/Nokia.

  136. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @eemom: Why? 

  137. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @HH: Not long ago I asked a Nokia spokesperson if Microsoft was going to buy Nokia. She said that won't happen. 

  138. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Susan Fourtane, Google is primarily in the software business but the company seems to understand that it needs the double-play advantage of hardware-software combo. Companies that play in both segments learn a lot from each operating unit that can be used to leverage competitive advantage for the the other. Google chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly said: “If we're not building a product that at least a billion people will use we're wasting our time. How can you be a company that wants to change the world if you don't have at least a billion people using your stuff.” This isn't just about software. This is also about hardware. Google's current products show up online only and on somebody else's hardware. Imagine the PR & marketing advantage from having people show up with a cool Google mobile handset or tablet PC!

  139. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Google Inc will buy MM for $12.5 billion to bolster adoption of its Android mobile software and compete with smartphone rival Apple Inc.  

    it  seems to me there's a possiblity that Microsoft would do the same.

  140. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @SF:I see, maybe for NOW!

  141. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks Susan

  142. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    @Susan Fourtane, MSFT buying Nokia may resurface becasue of the Google's deal 

  143. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    Yeah I don't really think it makes any sense for MS to buy Nokia… MS has already kind of failed with that type of thing (remember that Kin thing, I think it was called?)

     

  144. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    Google's Android has a far stronger base and reputation than Windows Mobile..nor can you compare Nokia with Motorolla..

  145. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    If Microsoft-Nokia deal seems ridiculous, how about Google-Nokia? Google could have made a play for Nokia but it didn't for the simple reason that Nokia already pitched its camp elsewhere. A transaction between Microsoft and Nokia is not that farfetched. As noted earlier I will expand on this soon in a blog.

  146. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Bolaji, what can we expect for next year from Google? increase market share on the mobile phone industry? perhaps?

  147. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    @Hospicw, Because the Google software is much more successful now and MM is not struggling as much as Nokia. 

  148. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    mfb and all–I came up in this industry from the hardware side, and I've always believed that you cannot have software w/o hardware and that anyone saying “hardware is passe” was mistaken. Perhaps this validates the argument that software cannot exist w/o hardware. That software is the added value is not in dispute, but I think a pure-play software model is becoming more challenging–maybe becuase of the licensing model.

  149. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @HH: Of course. So many things can change. 

  150. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @TaimoorZ, What's next for Nokia? Trundle along or make a big move. Nokia needs more than just another pedestrian transaction. The industry is consolidating. Hardware is joining software. If you only make hardware in today's market you are a walking dead. You need more than just a great looking product to win. Interface matters as the top dog in this business has clearly demonstrated. Apple is a winner today not because of what it products look like alone but because of the guts, the feel and the software.

  151. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @eemom: It makes sense. But you don't buy only companies that are doing well, though. It is a matter of business strategy

  152. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji: thanks for your deep explanation earlier. I would like to come back on one specific point: in order to increase new lines of revenue, why Google is not adopting an “ecosystem” methodology and strategy as Cisco successfully did in the past?

  153. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji, what Schmidt said makes a lot of sense, of course. How do you see a Google tablet in the market? 

  154. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    @Hospice, I agree but Motorola was already using the Android platform, that makes them more attractive

  155. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    Has there been any news about what this means for Samsung? In the past, Google has worked with them fairly closely on phones and chromebooks… I'm sure this doesn't affect Samsung all that much (it's not like they're losing Android or anything), I'm just curious if the the topic has already been discussed beyond Google saying, “oh we checked with Samsung on this, they're good with it.”

  156. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, Thank you. That says it. Software rest on hardware; hardware without software is a door stopper. You need the interaction from the two and you need the nice, plump margins from software to stay profitable. You also need the nice look of the hardware to reel in the fish.

  157. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @Rich but does that mean a billion or bust? That does seem to aim fairly high.

  158. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Shares of Motorola Mobility, which focuses on smartphone and TV set-top boxes, jumped 59 percent

  159. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @eemom: Right!

  160. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    Well said, Bolaji

  161. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Susan, I don't expect Google to roll out a separate tablet other than the ones Motorola Mobility will continue to develop. I would think a Xoom with the Google logo on it would be fascinating and a lure for customers but that is a marketing decision.

  162. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji: Do you see Google attempting to buy Nokia? 

  163. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    @maio8a Typical since most people are experiencing shock from teh acquisition. But it will come back to the pack once the sentiment settles in

  164. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @SF: Google buying Nokia? How can Google handle two big and rival companies?

  165. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    @Porcharle: I agree

  166. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji, just curious, obviously Android on tablets hasn't been as successful as Android on phones (for various reasons), but do you think Android-based tablets will eventually dominate the tablet market? Or will they always be #2 to Apple? Or even further behind?

  167. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji: The idea of Nokia coming up with a better OS version on it's own sounds a better move than it being sold to Microsoft..I know the deal with Nokia and Microsoft is on, but again no one's buying anyone in that..it's collaboration for a new product

  168. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji: Now I see what you mean. 

  169. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Anyone have input on what this may mean for the carriers, such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint?

  170. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @mfbertozzi, Google already has an eco-system strategy. Android is part of that eco-system and so is Google Chrome OS. Here's what a top Google exec had to say: “The eco-system was under threat” from patent lawsuits. This was the main rationale for purchasing Motorola Mobility. They have to continue protecting the eco-system. Apple has its eco-system and knows this is its biggest competitive weapon.

  171. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    I think Google started acquisition war. We are to expect more in very short future. 

  172. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @HH: Unless I misunderstood, Bolaji said something about it. 

  173. AnalyzeThis
    August 15, 2011

    I'm not sure why people keep bringing up Nokia as a potential acquisition target, I think it'd be more likely for someone (not Google) to snatch up RIM cheap.

  174. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    How about Apple buying RIM?

  175. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @TaimoorZ, I agree Nokia should have continued developing its own OS but the company chose to adopt Microsoft Windows. There's no going back now. It has to jump in all the way.

  176. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @HH: let me find it.

  177. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara – I can't see this affecting the carriers except maybe giving them more phones to add to their portfolio.

  178. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Susan: coming back to tablet, we are assisting to new players, Acer, for instance, are coming to play the game. Why Google didn't evaluate to acquire one of them (or one of their B.U.) instead of MM? Is it a matter of own patents, brand, or…whatever?

  179. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    @ Barbara, I too would be curious to see how this relationship affects the major cell companies

  180. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @SF: OK!

  181. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    eemom–I'm sure you are correct. I'm already overwhelmed at the Verizon store, which is why I still have a three-year-old cell phone

  182. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji [eco-system]: OK ! – Thanks

  183. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @DennisQ, Android on tablets will eventually dominate the market. Apple OS is not open and the market is too lucrative for the other manufacturers to ignore. They want a piece of the hefty margins and have determinedly moved in. They have had a few setbacks but I don't know of any single analyst who expects Apple OS to continue dominating the tablet PC market beyond 2015. The current projection is for Android to take over by then. However, this wouldn't happen if Android gets bogged down in courts. Samsung was concerned, rightly so.

  184. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, I'm with you. The array of choices is really dizzying. Though I think my phone is only 2 years old, I wanted the simplest model available.

  185. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara – I find that the selection has decreased since Verizon started selling the iPhone.  I have a Motorola Droid and I LOVE IT.  I hope this means good things for the product moving forward. 

  186. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    Samsung has a lot vested in Google (Android) winning in court.

  187. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    Is there any study on Android's performance on devices manufactured by different vendors? Perhaps Google finds that Andriod has been able to perform best on Motorolla devices and this may be the reason they are considering to acquire Motorolla.

  188. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Bolaji–to your point about Android–doesn't this make it even more imperative for Microsoft to make some kind of move?

  189. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    . Android's market share will dwindle quickly below 50% if Iphone launches on T-Mobile and Sprint next month.

  190. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @HH:   If Microsoft-Nokia deal seems ridiculous, how about Google-Nokia? Google could have made a play for Nokia but it didn't for the simple reason that Nokia already pitched its camp elsewhere” Oh, now I see it better. I was wondering if Bolaji was considering that Google might attempt to but Nokia. Sorry, my mistake. 🙂 

  191. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    I do not believe MM Android implemetation is any better than the Asian handset manfs.

  192. itguyphil
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji Do those same analysts ever see Apple opening up their platform at some point to counter Android's successes?

  193. Jay_Bond
    August 15, 2011

    @Mario8, it's only a matter of time for Iphone with T-mobile since At&t bought them.

  194. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Jay-Bond, Thank you for bringing up the telecom end. Service providers are getting wary about all the legal wranglings going on and surrounding (primarily) Android. In fact, Verizon will not carry the next generation of the RIM Playbook because it hasn't done as well. The service providers help push these products to their customers and the German court action on Samsung put a chill on things. I believe in the UK and in Germany, Samsung's tablets have been temporarily taken off the shelves. The telecom service providers must also be happy about the Google deal with Motorola Mobility. Nobody likes a monopoly and Apple was beginning to corner the tablet market.

  195. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    Apple opening up its OS…….not in the near future

  196. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    eemom and Ariella–women after my own heart. I refused an upgrade because I didn't want to learn a whole new phone AFTER i fished the darn thing out of my purse. Mu 14 year old son is mortified, though

  197. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    @jay: Correct.

  198. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    @ Mario – Tht's the more reason this Google move makes sense.  the world cannot survive on the iPhone along…

  199. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @SF: I see, It is no longer possible, at least for Now. But who knows? Everything can happen in the future

  200. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @pocharle, The sun would wither first before Apple opens up OS to any competitor. It's been tried before and they cancelled a previous licensing agreement with third-party PC makers for the Macintosh. They aren't likely to make the same move again. At least for as long as Jobs and his disciples are around.

  201. Eldredge
    August 15, 2011

    Interesting move by Google. Do they see HW capabilty as key for their expansion in mobile solutions?

  202. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    will this be Google next step to take over the world?  I mean the mobile phone market?   with all the extra cash, they can re-invent MM.

  203. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara yes, teens do want the bells and whistles that supposedly add the coolness factor to gadgets.

  204. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Bolaji–another excellent point–everyone has a lot at stake in this game.

  205. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    I don't see any reason why Apple would want to go towards the open model..

  206. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @mario8a world domination — isn't that what they're all after? Only they may couch in more reasonable sounding terms.

  207. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara, Microsoft pre-empted Google. It made two moves: (1) it struck an alliance with Nokia and agreed to shoulder the development cost for mobile Windows OS (2) It is striking back in court against Android.

  208. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    Facebook does not need to acquire HW manf as part of its strategy……

  209. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    Apple will NEVER open up their platform!

  210. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    @Ariella: I would rather say the fear of becoming “has been”.

  211. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    Apple keeps its architecture and software for themselves. This is their business model.

  212. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Hi all–we are getting close to our end time–any last questions for Bolaji?

  213. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaj, Barbara, all: step from Google could bring an enlargement of their footprint for example on Internet of Things? They are very active with GoogleApps for energy-meter for example and MM now brings (potentially) an own hardware for new development. Any idea about?

  214. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @HH: Yes, who knows. Things are spicing up and we can see some surprises coming up.

  215. elctrnx_lyf
    August 15, 2011

    I feel its a gr8 move by google to acquire moto. This would give big energy to motorola group to fight with sony ericsson, samsung and apple

  216. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    @Parser, I dont' see Apple buying RIM. I wonder, a lot at times what Apple will do with more than $75 billion in cash but I don't see them making a play for RIM. It's not in their nature. However the point you raised about RIM is one area we didn't touch on. RIM is in a very delicate situation right now and we might just be looking at the steady decline of a great company.

  217. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    What about Google using MM handsets for secure financial transactions and then Google can take over from the banks of today

  218. elctrnx_lyf
    August 15, 2011

    With this acqusition Google will get complete access to the patents of mobile.

  219. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @eemom: that's quite right. 

  220. Parser
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji Ojo, RIM for Apple would bring IP. 

  221. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    I would also like to thank everyone for jumping on today at short notice and for the excellent questions and feedback. I think today's move is huge for the industry and this is only the beginning of the kinds of debate we will see going forward. Major kudos to Bolaji for jumping on this topic

  222. eemom
    August 15, 2011

    Thank you @Barbara and @Bolaji, for a very interesting disussions.  I look forward to reading more blogs about this topic as time goes on…

  223. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    @Flyingscot It's hard to do worse than the banks have

  224. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Thank you very much Bolaji

    for all the details on your answers.

  225. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    My feeling is that we have only seen the first salvo from Google. The company will be making some major moves in the near future. Keep your eyes on what these will trigger at competitors. Somebody said you cannot afford to stand still in this market. Those who stand still get run over. Rivals will fire back soon.

  226. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Barbara…. thanks you very much.

     

  227. Houngbo_Hospice
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks, Barb, Bolaji, everyone!

  228. FLYINGSCOT
    August 15, 2011

    thanks all and goodbye for now…

  229. Ariella
    August 15, 2011

    Thank you, Bolaji, I hope to see a follow up blog on the topic.

  230. elctrnx_lyf
    August 15, 2011

    thank you all for the great discussion.

  231. mfbertozzi
    August 15, 2011

    thanks to Bolaji, Barbara and everyone; looking forward for blogs about!
    -Matteo

  232. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    Hopefully this adquisition improves the US economy market

  233. Taimoor Zubar
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks to all the organizers for a great discussion..

  234. bolaji ojo
    August 15, 2011

    It's been a pleasure and you have as always been a fantastic audience and contributors. We have another interesting discussion this time on China and India on Thursday. Please join us at about the same time. Best regards.

  235. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks again all, and to Bolaji. Please post on the EBN home page as well–see Bolaji's blog on this topic

    This has been a great discussion

  236. mario8a
    August 15, 2011

    bye for now/

  237. Barbara Jorgensen
    August 15, 2011

    Moderators–you guys are the best! Thanks for making EBN a great destination!

     

  238. Susan Fourtané
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji @Barbara: Thanks for hosting this interesting discussion and looking forward to more. 

  239. SunitaT
    August 15, 2011

    Bye all…

  240. Ashu001
    August 15, 2011

    @mfbertozzi-

    regarding your comments here,

    They are very active with GoogleApps for energy-meter for example and MM now brings (potentially) an own hardware for new development.

    Google has an interesting track record of a lot of botched enterprises which don't work out exactly as planned.The reason there is not much by way of strategy that goes into most of Google's proccesses.

  241. Ashu001
    August 15, 2011

    @Barbara-For sure EBN is a great destination!!!

  242. Ashu001
    August 15, 2011

    @Bolaji-RIM is more likely to bought out either by Microsoft or by Google.

    Apple is a most unlikely suitor as RIMs security/ENTERPRISE focus goes against the anti-thesis of what Apple usually represents.

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