Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Google + Motorola = Gotorola ?

2011 has been a big year for Google, full of product announcements and growth. However, few announcements can overshadow yesterday’s news that Google plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. We as a developer community can expect lot of good things from this merger. Also
Owning Motorola’s 17,000 issued patents and 7,500 pending patents was one of the major reasons Google announced its acquisition plans for the company.

Lets measure up what all are possibilities of Google + Motorola now.

Rooting and early Updates to Motorola devices
There are more benefits to using the stock version of Android. By choosing to stick tight and use Google’s UI without all of the heavy modification, Motorola could have a big advantage that will draw in geeks of all types. Much like Nexus S owners, Moto owners could be six to nine months ahead of other handset owners when it comes to receiving Android operating system updates, which Google tends to release twice a year. Without a clunky custom user interface and apps to tweak and rework around every new release, Motorola could become the most responsive and iterative handset maker on the market. Those who want to run the latest and greatest Android OS will choose Motorola. I know I would.
Then there’s the issue of changing the bootloader and rooting. Motorola has long had a policy against geeks digging around and tampering with its devices, but Google has a more open policy toward rooting and modifying OS attributes. Chrome OS was built with rooting as an identified feature. We’d love to see a unified Motorola and Google embrace the hacking world. After all, what good is expensive technology if we can’t play with it?
Atrix Laptop Dock gets an Ice Cream Sandwich redesign
Motorola Atrix 4G
We really liked the concept behind the Motorola Atrix and its laptop dock. The concept largely failed in its first go around thanks to a strange custom interface for the laptop that had few to no apps and a horribly expensive price, but there is a future for laptop and smartphone symbiosis, and it’s coming faster than we think. A joined Google and Motorola might be able to explore the concept more effectively (and affordably). Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” will rear its head in the coming months and promises to work on both tablet and smartphones, changing its interface from a Honeycomb-like desktop to a smartphone display on the fly. This OS will naturally lend itself to a smartphone laptop dock like the Atrix had without any of the hassle the Atrix came with. Imagine plugging your smartphone into a dock and instantly using it as a laptop of sorts, complete with a keyboard and an extended battery that actually charges your phone while you use it. 
Google TV 
Google TV
Since it’s debut in late 2010, Google TV has been so unpopular that returns of the Logitech Revue box are actually outpacing sales, Apple TV is doing quite well and Google is not ready to give up on the TV market yet. The company has been quietly reworking Google TV and will likely relaunch it later this year or early next. 


So owing the company also means that Google has taken ownership of all the law suits against all the list mentioned above.
Now we got to see how is it going to be...

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