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Google in 'good position' on Android, hints Moto Google TV

updated 10:00 am EDT, Mon August 15, 2011

Google talks Android defense, Motorola Google TV

Google during the call for its buyout of Motorola hinted that it was confident about its ability to defend Android against patent complaints. The company declined to talk about its exact strategy but said it was now in a "very good position" to protect the entire ecosystem. The $12.5 billion deal gives it access to 17,000 existing and 7,500 in-progress patents, giving it more clout than if it had bought the collective Novell and Nortel patents.

The deal by extension makes the ongoing Apple and Microsoft patent disputes Google's own. It won't necessarily deter either as Google owned a considerably smaller pool of patents before Monday. Google may, however, use Motorola's portfolio as a bargaining chip against further disputes as well as a defense against Oracle and others who might try to target Google directly.

Along with the comments, the two also hinted Motorola might finally leap into supporting the ailing Google TV platform. While Google CEO Larry Page would only say that Motorola was a "market leader" in areas like set-top boxes, Motorola chief Sanjay Jha was "very excited" about the combination and hinted that the convergence of mobile content and TVs would "accelerate" with the merger.

Although not the main focus of the acquisition, Google TV could get a much-needed injection from the deal. Partners are expanding this fall to include Samsung and Vizio, but existing hardware makers are so far struggling. Logitech has had to cut the Revue's price by two thirds and actually got more returns from resellers in the spring than it shipped. Motorola has the advantage of being an existing set-top box maker and could integrate Google TV into cable and satellite providers' tuners and DVRs where customers currently have to either replace the whole TV or buy an add-on in a market dominated by the Apple TV.

by MacNN Staff



  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google is Buggin'

    Moto wasn't in a position to to defend itself from Apple's touch patents before selling to Google, and they aren't afterwords. Just because Moto has patents relating to feature phones won't help them in their lack of IP for smart phones. Google should have spent the 12.5B on R&D to create something unique.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I guess this acquisition...

    certainly puts the "lie" to Google's complaints that Apple and MS, and RIM only wanted the Novell patents to nail Google and Android. Some time ago someone said "Google" was EVIL. I think consistent and inconsistent lying proves that. They really DO want it all and if they can do that without really innovating on their own, they will.

  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I just wish...

    ...that I could have been a fly on the wall of the C-level offices at HTC and Samsung when this news hit the wires!

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google TV = WebTV 2.0

    My mom had a WebTV. It was terrible. And now Google thinks they can sell the same old bad idea. It's like they say in Hollywood: "There may not be any new stories, but there's always a new audience."

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