You may remember a while back that Apple, purveyor of all that is good and holy in the land of gadgets in America (not really, but that’s what many people seem to think) was in the process of suing the pants of everyone selling or using their “patents” in the Android operating system and the devices it ran on, like the Galaxy Tab made by Samsung.
While many of the lawsuits were filed separately, Apple is on the warpath to keep itself relevant in the American market and instead of pure innovation (which it has in bucket loads and they’re just lazy sods clever enough to keep people wanting more) they’ve instead moved to stop sales of competitor’s products, ordering that changes be made until the product itself is so dissimilar to its own iPad and iOS range that it no longer becomes relevant for buyers. Google saw this and could do nothing as it had no relevant patents to stop Apple from taking over the smartphone market, so it looked around until a solution presented itself.
It’s such a small, simple thing to do, but many don’t realize the power Motorola has in the world-wide market (25,000 patents and counting). It has filed so many patents away that its basically got an army of lawsuits up its sleeves, and using the law for your own gain is a powerful weapon that Google needed. Buying Motorola was never a question of money – they had enough to buy the company twice over – but international regulators feared that Google would use Motorola to strong-arm the market and create a monopoly for itself.
Since announcement the deal and both companies have been scrutinsed, and people were hoping to find anything that would throw it out – a misdeed, and hidden agenda by Google. But really, its only been out to protect its own investments. Since Android is distributed under a stricter GPL its not possible to patent it or license the OS as its popularity has already catapulted it into the international spotlight. What started as a mere doodling by Andy Rubin and his team ends up being a market leader.
Well, long story short, the deal’s been approved. The regulatory bodies have found nothing wrong with the merger, and agree that Google won’t use its new partner’s assets to rule the mobile market but instead encourage more innovation and competition. What can consumers expect from this? For one, Defy users will perhaps be able to upgrade to Gingerbread sometime (maybe).
Another possibility is that Motorola mobiles will now get Google updates first and possibly gain the creative help of Google’s Android team – turning MotoBlur into something easily supported and ported to the new Android versions. It’s also possible that Motorola may play host to the next Google Nexus handset – a likelihood, given the success and popularity of the Razr, Droid 4 and supporting accessories.
It may even be possible that Motorola’s Webtop may even be replaced by Chromium OS; or am I thinking too far ahead?