Via Information Week
Now that Google has leapt over the last hurdle on closing the deal to buy Motorola Mobility (here’s the press release), it seems timely to take a look at why this deal is happening in the first place and what might come next.
Before I take that look, it is appropriate to note that I have, or at least used to have, some skin in this game. Until late last year I was a senior software manager inside of the Mobile Devices business at what we now know as Motorola Mobility. Among other things I led the product team for the Droid2 Global and the Droid RAZR products, before being downsized out of MMI at the end of last year. While I don’t think my opinions are tainted by my history, you the reader should know that history and decide for yourself. I’ll also disclose that I own no MMI stock or options to buy it, in case that makes a difference.
So, why DID Google buy Motorola Mobility? What’s going to happen next? And, is there an interesting story here that nobody is talking about? (spoiler alert: yes, I think so).
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