Google: In Search of its Future

Two things in particular stand out in the wake of Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility. First, Google’s Android platform will become a platform to be reckoned with in the years to come. And second, Google is a clear contender to computing’s throne, now occupied by Microsoft and IBM before them.

And because this deal was consummated quickly, it tells me that Google has been eyeing Motorola for some time. It’s also obvious that Apple is a target here, as Android is currently the only alternative to iOS and Google wants to protect this.

There are other practical considerations for Google’s move. Whenever companies build a commercial product today, they need thousands of patents in their arsenal to defend themselves against potential lawsuits. And don’t think David Drummond, Google’s vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, isn’t well aware of that. He has openly stated that Android’s ecosystem is under threat and he’ll do everything he can to avert those threats.

Time will tell how successful Google is.

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