Google Buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5B - Raising The Stakes in the Mobility Wars

Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility announced August 18th for $12.5B is its largest to-date.  Google's 2nd largest acquisition is DoubleClick which it purchased for $3.1B in cash back in 2007.  Along with the acquisition come more than 17,000 patents plus 7,500 pending approval that Motorola owns that Google may be able to use to defend its Android operating system against lawsuits from Apple and Samsung.  But it won't help them defend against lawsuits from Oracle-Sun regarding the use of Java.  So the mobility wars are largely about patents and how litigation might impact the future value of the mobile markets for the major players.  

All of this positioning underscores the anticipated high future value of the mobility market as we increasingly rely on our smart phones and tablets for real-time access to the information we need regardless of where we might be.  Bob Rice of Tangent Capital Partners, in an interview on Bloomberg Television, stated that the Motorola acquisition clearly indicates that the desktop-laptop era really is over for Google, and they're putting all their chips on mobile computing going forward.

Just after the Google acquisition of Motorola was announced, Hewlett-Packard surprised everyone by dumping their Personal Computing Division.  They'll focus on more lucrative services and servers and data center products for the anticipated explosion in cloud computing.

These actions clearly point to our more mobile future and the pressing requirement for businesses to prepare for secure platform-independent access to actionable enterprise content.

Until next time,

John Queen 

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