Poll: The wisdom of Google acquiring Motorola Mobility
Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility…
Time for another poll, I think. How about the rather topical topic of Motorola Mobility, Google’s acquisition? The issue was highlighted recently in the wake of Google’s financial results…
There were a number of reasons for the acquisition, including the defensive worth of Motorola IP and Google getting a foothold in the mobile hardware business. The case against said Google should not be seen to be aligned too closely with one phone manufacturer, and the IP would not be enough to protect Android against suits from the likes of Apple and Microsoft.
At the time of the deal, Google CEO Larry Page believed the deal had the potential to “supercharge the entire Android ecosystem”.
A voice against the deal, however, could be heard loudly in a Slate article last week. See – The Staggering Android Business Failure
Slate’s Matthew Yglesias quotes:
Google, which has been struggling to turn around loss-making cellphone maker Motorola Mobility that it bought for $12.5 billion, reported a 20 percent dive in net income to $2.18 billion. Excluding certain items, it earned $9.03 a share, vastly underperforming the $10.65 analysts had expected, on average.
What are your thoughts, right now, about the acquisition. Specifically, how it will help or not help Android (rather than particular financial details)? Where do you stand?