Google will leverage its acquisition of Motorola to build a sophisticated phone it hopes can compete with the iPhone, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Here are some interesting points on the history, process and recent impacts of this important component of the social media.
Google’s deal to acquire Motorola was subject of the most news links shared via Twitter during the week of Aug. 15-19, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.
The $12.5 billion purchase is framed as a vehicle to defend Android against Apple and Microsoft’s recent patent attacks against Android.
Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies
Google said that Motorola will remain a separate business that is a licensee like other manufacturers. However, you have to wonder how other Android manufacturers feel about this acquistion. This is my next collected statements which look way too cookie-cutter similar to have originated from the individual companies.
HTC: defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem
LG: defending Android and its partners
Samsung: defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem
Sony Ericsson: defending Android and its partners
But, what will the other Android manufacturers do now that all the major mobile platforms have a primary dance partner?
Apple – iOS
HP – webOS
Nokia – Microsoft Windows Phone (partnership)
RIM – BlackBerry OS & QNX
While Google’s Android hardware partners have lined up behind the apparent party line, there’s diversity in pundits’ opinions.
NOTE: There are a pair oddities in Google’s official announcement.
1. It talks about Android launching in November 2007. However, the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, launched in October 2008.
2. The announcement says ” we have agreed to acquire Motorola.” However, they are actually buying Motorola Mobility (MMI). The company currently referred to as “Motorola” is Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI).
You can read a bit more about the business aspect of this purchase in this SocialTimes item:
“Rooting” and Android device is a process that gives the device user complete control over it. People have rooted Android phones for a variety of reasons including installing newer unauthorized versions of Android than the device’s vendor is willing to provide and installing apps that can only be installed on rooted devices.
Owners of rooted Android devices (smartphones and tablets) will find one minor inconvenience described by AndroidCentral.com.
Google provides movie rentals at market.android.com/movies for, generally, $2.99 or $3.99. The service is currently limited to the Motorola Xoom tablet or a Flash-enabled computer at the moment. Rented movies can be downloaded or, if on the Verizon Wireless network, streamed. Movies must be viewed within 30 days of rental. Most movies must be watched within 24 hours of starting to view it.
Yesterday, I wrote:
I noted my surprise since the Xoom seems to be generating a lot of buzz (good and bad) and the few people I know who have a Xoom seem to like it a lot.
Business Insider’s Jay Yarow declared that:
This is based on an estimate from Deutsche Bank who used Honeycomb (Android OS 3.0) use as reported by the Android Developers Dashboard. This number is provided by Google and currently reports that a mere 0.2% of Android users are using a Honeycomb device. All Honeycomb devices are tablets.
Betanews’ Joe Wilcox has a different take on this 100,000 units sold figure:
I tend to side with Joe’s glass half-full interpretation. The Xoom came out of the gate before it was ready (some functions don’t work) to compete with the iPad 2. Unfortunately, it also came out of the gate way too expensive. Joe noted that the lower priced ($600) WiFi-only model is available now. And, like him, I believe it will attract people who did not want a two-year Verizon contract obligation just to have an Android tablet.
It pays for smartphone manufacturers to know what their customers do with their products. So, Motorola commisioned a survey study to do just that.
Here’s what they learned from their survey of U.S. smartphone users:
1. 53% check work email while on vacation
2. 50+% “friend” co-workers on social networking sites
3. Nearly 50% have been woken up at night by a work call, text or email
4. 30% used their smartphone to amuse themselves during a boring meeting
5. 20% used their smartphone for business while drinking after work or on the weekend
6. 15% have accidentally emailed a personal note to an unintended business related contact (including co-workers)
7. 14% have responded to work email while in bed
Google has never been afraid of its competition in the past. Now, after making its company name synonymous with “search engine”, gunning down Microsoft’s Hotmail and tackling the smartphone market, it’s looking to take on Apple’s iTunes with the long-awaited launch of Google Music.
Telecom giant Motorola is getting into the cloud storage game with the purchase of Y Combinator-backed cloud storage and cloud streaming company Zecter.
Motorola did not say how much they paid for Zecter, but they bought the whole shebang; acquiring not only Zecter’s products, but also its founder David Zhao, who developed applications for Amazon.com before taking the startup plunge. It also mentioned that Zecter has around one million customers.
Motorola intends to integrate Zecter’s technology into its MOTOBLUR service, a user interface replacement for Android-based devices with a hefty social networking component. MOTOBLUR pushes notifications from various social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.
“Consumers want seamless access to their content and media from wherever they are, while content providers want to ensure that content remains protected and secure,” said Motorola Mobility VP of software and services Christy Wyatt in a statement.
Motorola seems most interested in Zecter’s streaming technology. As part of the buyout, Motorola will be halting the distribution of ZumoCast software. Current ZumoCast users will be able to use the service as normal, but the company said that it would keep users informed about its “future plans” for the product. And almost as a footnote, Moto added that “The ZumoDrive solution will be unaffected.”
AT&T’s 3G network is being used for yet another socially savvy mobile device; the upcoming Moterolla Karma QA1 is curvy, compact and socially aware. The phone will have quick access to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, JuiceCaster and more. From Motorola’s perspective, the idea of a mobile device is to support communication, no matter how it occurs.
That’s a good point of view to have, considering the dominance of Apple’s iPhone, and the multimedia support mobile devices need for creating, sharing and consuming content. With what appears to be a main tab for social networking, a menu of socially integrated applications are ready and able to connect you with your web world.