Shocking news in technology today as Google announces that they are buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The purchase of this unit gives the search giant around 12 thousand patents to add to its arsenal; given that Microsoft, Oracle, Lodsys and Apple have already shown that they are willing to launch attacks against its partners, Google had little choice to quickly arm itself. In a way, Google should be flattered – no one attacks you unless you’re a threat. We may be witnessing either the equivalent of World War III as the patent system is torn apart through litigation, a revolution of the US Patent System, or cooler heads will prevail and a widespread licensing deal is going to be worked out.
On a brighter note, with the purchase of Motorola Mobility, Google now sits at the helm of one of the largest mobile device manufacturers on the planet. I’m hoping we’re about to witness what Google version’s of a true Android device will be without compromise; a combination of software and hardware elegance that only someone who controls the whole stack can image. What will be interesting is how the company manages its partners; if they can pull off an ecosystem of relentless innovation where each competes on bringing the best experience to different market segments – that would be a fantastic opportunity.