Author: Richard Cartwright

Google buys Motorola Mobility for £7.6 billion

US search giant Google announced today that it is buying the newly spun off mobile phone manufacturing arm of Motorola, Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion USD.  According to Google CEO Larry Page, after the transaction Google will keep Motorola Mobility as a separate business arm that will continue to make mobile handsets. Mr. Page went on to stress that the purchase would not affect Google’s relationship with its Android handset partners, who according to Mr. Page were informed earlier and were “on board”. In fact, the Android partners may actually be on board, as it seems clear that the primary motivation for Google is acquisition of Motorola Mobility’s extensive patent portfolio, estimated to be approximately 14,000 existing patents and over 7, 000 pending patents. Google is currently embroiled in several lawsuits, particularly one with Oracle over the underlying Android code.  Obtaining the protection afforded by the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio helps all the handset manufacturers by reducing the chance of an adverse judgment, and increasing the negotiating position of Google to settle the lawsuits. Another interesting point made by Mr. Page was Motorola Mobility’s experience in the consumer device space. Considering that Google TV is floundering at best, Google may believe that Motorola Mobility can use its expertise in the television set top business to rescue Google TV. The transaction is still subject to regulatory approval by both the...

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HP confirms Pre 3 for August UK release

DNet UK, HP’s head of the Personal Systems Group in the United Kingdom, Paul Hunter confirmed that the Pre 3 would be released in the UK sometime in August. He was mum on an exact date, but as it looks right now, the Pre 3 is likely to be in British hands well before Americans will get to do more than read about it. The HP web os sales site for the Pre 3 lists the phone as being available for pre-order unlocked for £399.99, a bit dear for a phone whose specs have slipped to barely mainstream since they were announced six months ago. HP is beating the bushes for developers to get their Pre 3 apps in for approval as soon as possible along with releasing an updated emulator. HP released the Pre 2 to Europe before it was made available in the States. At that time it appeared the US GSM carriers were a bit skittish about taking on the phone since it was early in the assimilation of Palm by HP, and there were already rumors swirling about the Pre 3. Now, HP may want to build buzz for the phone in the UK that the HP marketers hope will pull the phone out of the backwash that the upcoming Droid Bionic and iPhone 5 will create in the US . Time will tell. Click...

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