Why Google Bought Motorola Mobility, And What It Means

Kit Eaton, Fast Company, Aug 15, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The history of software companies moving into hardware is not a happy one, as Microsoft will attest. Still, Google thinks it can compete with companies like Apple and Research in Motion with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Still, it may have been a necessary addition to support its Android software. "The most obvious interpretation of the deal is that Motorola is already an internationally renowned expert in something Google is painfully naive about: manufacturing hardware in massive numbers." See also ZD Net
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