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Nokia Chimes In On Google’s Motorola Acquisition While Its Share Prices Shoot Up

We’ve heard from the major Android manufactures on what they feel about Google’s Motorola Mobility acquisition, but it would be interesting to hear what Nokia has to say about this. After all, pre Feb 11 Nokia was contemplating putting its eggs in the Android basket. Lets look at their official statement:

“This further reinforces our belief that opportunities for the growth of Nokia’s smartphone business will be greatest with Windows Phone. This could prove to be a massive catalyst for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Additionally, with our respective intellectual property portfolios, Nokia and Microsoft are working together to build and nurture an innovative ecosystem that benefits consumers, operators, developers and other device manufacturers.”

Nokia seems to believe (hopes?) that Google’s owning Motorola would drive a wedge between them and players like HTC and Samsung who already make Windows Phone devices. May be if Nokia had gone the Android way, then Google would’ve cross licensed Nokia’s treasure trove of patents and have not needed to buy Motorola Mobility, but then again Google wasn’t willing to cut Nokia a special deal so may be Nokia would’ve repaid them in the same coin and asked for a pretty steep price.

Meanwhile, Nokia’s stock has risen by over 12.5% since the news of Moto’s acquisition first broke. This looks like a recognition of how undervalued Nokia’s stock is and the rise is perhaps being fulled by speculation that Microsoft might just follow in Google’s lead and buy Nokia. It could also mean that the market seems to think that today’s deal might just benefit Nokia and its Windows Phone decision.

Nokia’s statement also underlines Nokia’s strong patent portfolio, which combined with Microsoft is as strong as any. Infact, even without adding Microsoft’s patents into the mix, Nokia has already forced Apple to pay up in a licensing deal.

[via: TIMN, ZCJ]

Google Buys Motorola: Creates An Android Licensee That’s First Among Equals

In a very interesting development, Google has just announced that it will be acquiring Motorola Mobility, the handset and tablet division of the company for a cool 12.5 billion dollars. As you can probably guess the primary driver for Google was its inherent lack of patents and Motorola’s 17,000 patents with another 7000 in the pipeline were too good to pass. Motorola will be run as a separate business and will remain an android licensee and Google promises that there will be no change on how Android is run.

Google Buys Motorola: Creates An Android Licensee That's First Among Equals

While this will provide some cushion for Android manufactures who were getting sued left, right and center, it will also sow a seed of distrust. While Google may still be calling Motorola just another Android licensee, make no mistake it will be the first among equals and that cannot make Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson or LG happy. While all of these companies has put its game face on and given a public hurrah! to the deal, I wonder how they actually feel.

“We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem” Peter Chou, CEO, HTC.

“I welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners” Bert Nordberg, President & CEO, Sony Ericsson.

“We welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners” Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D, President & CEO, LG.

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem” J.K. Shin, President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division.

In the conference call following the announcement, Google did make it clear that rights to make the next Nexus device are still up for grabs for all partners and that Motorola would also participate in the bidding process just like Samsung or HTC. The current winner for the Nexus lineup was selected last Christmas, so we’ll only know the real outcome of this deal when its time for the next Nexus.

At the end of the day for Google, a large part of the 12.5 billion was mainly spent for patents, but it would be foolish of them not to effectively utilize the newly acquired hardware arm of theirs only for set top boxes, but for cutting edge smartphones as well. This represents a huge challenge for them, as no one has really successfully licensed a platform and competed with licensees, all at the same time. A slight hint of favoritism could push Samsung and HTC towards Windows Phone and that’s certainly not what Google is hoping to achieve.

The deal still needs to clear regulatory hurdles across the world, but once that happens it will be definitely be a very interesting time in Android’s growth story.

Editorial: What Will Dual Core Processors Mean For Mobile Phones?

If 2010 belonged to the 1 Ghz chip, 2011 looks all set to be dominated by dual core powerhouses. Two years ago the market was very different from what it is now, the consumers while picking up smartphones looked at some of the more conventional features of a device, the camera, the screen, storage space and brand name. Today a lot more people are interested in the processor it runs on, the RAM, if there is a dedicated chip powering graphics and so on.

This transition happened for a number of reasons. The world’s biggest manufacturer shipped a device that was not running on the fastest hardware of the time and coupled with a not so great firmware, the user experience pretty much hit rock bottom for a number of people. The key takeaway for most was that it ran poor hardware. Around the same time companies like HTC started releasing smartphones that were running on 1 Ghz chips and when coupled with Android 2.1 (which was the first nicely polished Android version) the user experience that people witnessed was nothing short of impressive. Soon we started seeing hoardings around shops, banners on the internet which began to list the processor along with the usual specs like camera, storage and the consumer was thus trained to take better notice of the internals.

What Will Dual Core Processors Mean For Mobile Phones?

Just like 8 Megapixel sounds better that 5, the key marketing message became that 1 Ghz is better than 600 Mhz (which in most cases is!).  Today we are at the cusp of seeing the market flood with dual core device, Motorola & LG have one, Samsung will announce its lot at the Mobile World Congress (the Galaxy S successor) and you cannot expect companies like HTC to not follow suit. The smaller players will also keep up, just to keep themselves in the news.

In the end, the majority of dual core devices will run Android, which will mean that we will soon see even more fragmentation on Android. The budget 600-700 Mhz device, the 1 Ghz powered ones and the superphones. Developers have two choices, first to continue making games/apps that run fine on 1Ghz chips so as to cover the largest marketshare (current gen + superphones) or start developing afresh for the superphones that handle power graphics processing with ease. Once that happens, and sooner or later it will, developers might have a hard time keeping with everything.

While all of this goes on, there will be a bunch of 1+ Ghz phones announced that, while impressive in their own right will not be given there due because a new kid is on the block. Nokia will announce its MeeGo lineup of smarthphones with 1 Ghz or similar chips, and from the day they launch you will find people cribbing about how the hardware is outdated and how the Finnish manufacturer cannot keep up anymore.

At the end of 2011 there will still only be a handful of apps (majority of them games) that will really need dual core processors to run. Therefore, it will become important for manufactures who go down the dual core route to show how their device is actually using that processing power, just like Motorola has. While putting the latest Android on a dual core chip and a nice large screen will make the device very tempting and give you bragging rights, it will offer very little value for the consumer who is upgrading from a 1 Ghz smartphone.

This is where Motorola has taken the lead with the Atrix docking solutions that actually provide value to the consumer, come 2011 the value addition beyond the now accepted smartphone functionality is what will drive both innovation and consumers.