While not exactly wholly related to the N900, an interesting story that has popped up recently is Google’s desire to buy out the handset division of Motorola, Motorola Mobility. This is interesting news as it stands to change the face of the smart phone industry, and could mean trouble for Nokia or not..if Nokia gets purchased by Samsung. C’mon Samsung…pleeease..buy Nokia! It’s cheap now! But now let’s have a look at Motorola aquisition by Google.
Motorola as a company have been somewhat of a hit and miss company until lately. Before they struck it big in 2008 betting on the Android OS with their Droid smart phone, their last real hit was the RAZR all the way back in 2003. Since then, Motorola has been hanging around, but still only managing around 3% market share.
It will be interesting to see what Google can do at the reins of their own handset company, and it can only mean good things for Android. As companies like Microsoft and Apple band together to try and fight with the ever frustrating patent war, this move will help to strengthen Google’s position, picking up some 17000 odd patents. With a cost of around $12.5 billion, it’s not exactly cheap, but a small price to pay for such a hoard of patent delights.
What does all this mean for Nokia though? Well, at this point it’s probably good that they didn’t go with Android, but it still doesn’t make the current choice the right one. Nokia still has a very uphill battle with their Windows Phone strategy, and this move by Google on buying Motorola is only going to strengthen Android. I still have hopes for Meego, and will continue to clutch to those hopes as long as possible. Overall, this development will hardly affect Nokia, compared to the damage it does to itself.