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Google Did Not Just Buy Motorola For Patents, It Was Also For Their “Amazing Products”

When Google purchased Motorola for the astonishing price of $12.5 billion, the sole reason was for some 17,000 patents. Bloggers and press personalities all across the globe speculated on whether or not Motorola’s position as an OEM had anything to do with the acquisition. It turns out that these speculations were right. Google’s Eric Schmidt stated that it was done for “more than just patents” and that “the Motorola team has some amazing products”.

I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Schmidt, Motorola does make some incredible products. However, they are miles behind the competition with their software, mainly the user interface formally known as Blur. In my opinion, once you strip Blur from a Motorola device you are now in possession of a godly phone.

Andy Rubin previously stated that the Nexus line will continue to be a competition between Motorola and other companies, but come on, with Google’s interest in Motorola’s hardware who can compete with them?

Would a Motorola Nexus device be one of your dream phones? Feel free to sound off in the comments and let the speculation continue.

Via: Bloomberg

  • Anonymous

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  • http://whitemarket.freeforums.org/ Avery Dejuan Herron

    I’ll be the first to say this I love the version of blur that is on the Droid line of phones makes my phone better like lets day the camera app over the google one and the gallery the one from the droid X2 where it had the facebook friends pictures this version of blur is so close to stock without the suck of stock apps like the camera app.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    Motorola Nexus ? , yes please !! I like my Samsung Nexus S but  it feels fragile when compared to the solid build Motorola is known for.

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  • Droidian4Life

    I’m gonna throw a curveball. You wanna know what I’m hoping for? A Motorola made Google TV box. With an Nvidia chip to boot to bring the eye-candy to the big screen.

  • user01

    not thrilled with the displays they’ve been using recently, either.

  • Booboolala2000

    A Motorola Nexus would be awesome. I’m pretty sure a huge part of the deal was for set top boxes. Google TV will kill there. Game over after that happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Motorola has always excelled in hardware.  Excellent build quality, great looks (the RAZR was the original beautiful, thin phone and the DROID line while fairly bulky also has an interesting aesthetic) and great radios.

    They are just insistent on Blur which is annoying. Skins/home replacements stopped being necessary around Eclair and now are detriments to the experience.  They’re either ugly (Touchwiz), duplicate functionality already in the OS/App Market (all of them but Blur and Sense are especially guilty of it), or add features that aren’t important enough to overshadow the downsides of the skin (Blur, Sense).  

    Android is good looking enough where they aren’t necessary. No one is buying your phone based on the skin it comes with, get over it and give the people what they want.

    Hopefully Google can put some pressure on them now that they own them.

  • Anonymous

    Motorola has always excelled in hardware.  Excellent build quality, great looks (the RAZR was the original beautiful, thin phone and the DROID line while fairly bulky also has an interesting aesthetic) and great radios.

    They are just insistent on Blur which is annoying. Skins/home replacements stopped being necessary around Eclair and now are detriments to the experience.  They’re either ugly (Touchwiz), duplicate functionality already in the OS/App Market (all of them but Blur and Sense are especially guilty of it), or add features that aren’t important enough to overshadow the downsides of the skin (Blur, Sense).  

    Android is good looking enough where they aren’t necessary. No one is buying your phone based on the skin it comes with, get over it and give the people what they want.

    Hopefully Google can put some pressure on them now that they own them.

  • Djstar2k2

    In my opinion, once you strip Blur from a Motorola device you are now in possession of a godly phone.= CHURCH

  • Anonymous

    He’s is right.
    A motorola phone without Blur is insane. Ask my old Droid X.

  • http://www.facebook.com/banggugyangu Luke Murray

    That’s what a lot of people really forget.  Android is about openness.  One of the ways Android is open is that you’re free to customize it exactly how you want.

  • 1stliberal

    The only thing that bothers me is the possibility that Verizon will somehow be the ONLY service provider to have the future Nexus III – whatever name it goes by. Verizon in my mind, can not be trusted to leave the pure Google experience alone. They’ll want to junk the phone up with their worthless bloatware. Add in their known antipathy to unlocked bootloaders, and it would not make for an enjoyable experience.

    Finally – if Verizon was the sole outlet for the next Nexus – they’re a CDMA company, and I don’t care for CDMA phones. Motorola makes great hardware, so a Motorola *manufactured* Nexus would be great, as long as Verizon is kept out of the equation.  

  • Mandorawk

    I know this is going to sound like a bunch Of bull. Last week at my job I was picking up a patient at the ER and I saw a gentleman with a motorola bookbag and a droid2 while waiting. I asked if he worked for motorola, he said yes. I told him like really like their products. He talked about the merger and mentioned about how google was pressuring them to come out with aamazing phone before chtistmas but it might be delayed. Wish I had more time to talk to him.

  • Anonymous

    Would a Motorola Nexus device be one of your dream phones?

    Yes, if only for the fact their GPS locks on more consistently and faster than any other manufacturer. lolz.

  • Anonymous

    Forgive my ignorance, but since I’ve been using an OG Droid for the past almost 2 years and I haven’t used a phone with Blur on it, how is it really an issue if you change launchers, say go to ADW or something?  I’ve been completely confused by that fact ever since I saw the first “complaint” of Blur.  

    • Granted

      It isn’t am issue at all, people just like to bitch and moan. Replacement launchers make it irrelevant, unless you’re a cry baby.

      • Anonymous

        quite the contrary. Coming from a first experience OG droid & then movig to my 2nd device being the droid3, i finally understand how godawful BLUR can be.

        maybe for those who have jumped from OG to X, to D2 to D2G to X2 or flipflopping between mftrs & rooting & flashing custom ROMs either became tolerant of the blur or just forgot they nix’d it in there custom ROMs, but same as SecurityNick, I wondered what could be so bad about BLUR, and now i know.

        I feel that many of these techblogs seem to have been very lenient & forgiving of it as well, completely underplaying the rant on blur & even daring to call it “pretty good”. Im anxiously waiting for custom ROMs to strip BLUR as clean as possible like the HeXeN ROM did for the D2G.  To name a few, Gallery is absolutely HORRENDOUS. EMAIL is terrible, I cant manage multiple emails anymore, only view them one at a time having to go into email settings and switching to a different account. Their “Social Networking” App and Universal Message Box is unavoidable. Camera App is horrible ( tho i like the Panorama & EditRotate Setting). & I removed/hid most of the bloat apps so I cant remember much more ..but little things here and there aggravate me b/c they dumbed it down. Grant it, their Home Launcher might arguably be better than stock since you can customize dock, you can group and filter App Drawer (but i dont like the lateral page by page app scroll – prefer my vertical continuous scroll), and you can set different Home “Profiles” (which I replicate w various Alt Launcher Apps).

        Overall experience owning only two android devices D1 vs D3: BLUR has to go~!!

    • Granted

      It isn’t am issue at all, people just like to bitch and moan. Replacement launchers make it irrelevant, unless you’re a cry baby.

  • LinuxLover

    Honestly, I’d rather get Motorola hardware than anyone else, and vanilla Android. If I’d been able to buy a Motorola Nexus phone through Verizon on 4G LTE, I’d never have bought an iPhone instead. However, Motorola has had some troubles as of late, with the Bionic in particular, and it frustrated me to the point that I sought the competition’s product.

    I agree with most that Blur sucks big time, and vanilla Android works best. However, I do like HTC Sense 3.0 interface, but they too slow Android down.

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    I only have experience with Moto and HTC.  I will NEVER buy another HTC again.  EVER.  And frankly if Moto’s build stays on par with my OG, which is still a freaking tank, then I can work around blur.  But I think the whole concept of skinning is bad business and poor allocation of developer resources.  Frankly nobody would care if blur, sense, touchmywiz or w/ever else just vaporized.  Skins might prevent a phone sale, but they never sell a phone.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      i thhink skins do sell phones….maybe not to many of us but with the regular joes if they turn it on and like what they see they will buy it

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    out of the skins i think it shoukd go
    1) touchwiz very fluid, even tho i am hesitant to place it but with it being the most fluid with little to no lag it shoiuld be number one
    2) blur- getting better but still has its hic ups- for some reason they cant seem to fix the redraw issue from the camera…
    3) sense- too intergrated and bloated….i understand it has some great features but there is a line beteween functionality to being too much and they crossed it with 3.0

  • Anonymous

    I hope (for the sake of competition and out of respect to the other OEM’s who helped propel Android to the popularity it now enjoys) that Google will make good on their promise to not show preferential treatment to Moto Android phones. I would be thrilled, however, if Google leveraged Motorola to advance other weak but promising products like Google TV, etc.

  • Anonymous

    It’s true, Motorola’s products are rock solid, regardless of Blur or not.

    Find another phone that can turn into a full fledged cloud computer. You can’t.

    Motorola’s Webtop novelty fits perfectly with Google’s ChromeOS platform.

    This all wasn’t too hard to put together when the deal was announced. A solid hardware maker with a solid software maker is a nice package. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s true, Motorola’s products are rock solid, regardless of Blur or not.

    Find another phone that can turn into a full fledged cloud computer. You can’t.

    Motorola’s Webtop novelty fits perfectly with Google’s ChromeOS platform.

    This all wasn’t too hard to put together when the deal was announced. A solid hardware maker with a solid software maker is a nice package. 

    • Anonymous

      woah…

  • Trooper

    Saw this earlier today on Phandroid.  Cool Stuffs.

    • Granted

      Haha! Good comment.

  • Sr20s13

    they already made a nexus motorola device, it was called the motorola droid

    • Anonymous

      it wasn’t a nexus device, it was just vanilla.

      • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

        The name “Nexus” was the only thing missing from the OG Droid…

  • Mr. Joe

    Google likes Locked Bootloaders?

  • JP

    My guess is Google bought Motorola for the set-top box division, and not phones.  Google already has deep ties with other companies to make great Nexus phones (Samsung, HTC).  Where Moto is a differentiator is on what they can bring to Google TV.

    • KevinC

      they only bought motorola mobility.  not motorola.

      • Anonymous

        wrong. http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Home-IP-Video (Check the bottom of the page at the copyright, you will see motorola mobility right above the link you’re looking for)

        • Obvious Sarcasm

          Wrong. http://www.motorola.com/us
          (Check the bottom of the page, where it says Motorola Separation)
          Motorola Inc. split into two companies at the beginning of the year.  “Motorola Mobility, Inc.” and “Motorola Solutions, Inc.” Google only bought one of the companies that make up Motorola.

      • JP

        The set top box division went with Mobility, not Solutions.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      i highly doubt they spent 12.5 billion dollars just for set top boxes…..they def bought for all set top, phones hardware, the nfl handsets lol

  • James

    “In my opinion, once you strip Blur from a Motorola device you are now in possession of a godly phone.” – Truth

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      +100

      • Anonymous

        I would also think that statement by Eric Schmidt was also to build convidence in their stake holders :P  Whats up Tim A Tato :)  It’s been a long time lol 

        • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

          Sup, dude. Yea, it’s been too long!

    • Anonymous

      I can’t disagree with that.

      Google stated long ago they believed our phones should be unlocked.

      The day Google unlocks Motorola phones is the day I come back to Motorola for good.

      • http://www.facebook.com/banggugyangu Luke Murray

        This is exactly what I’m looking forward to.  I see this as an inevitability, honestly.  Google recognized Motorola’s devices for what they are.  I think the purchase was partly as a means of stepping in and saying “This is how this part should be done.  You’re gonna do it the right way from now on.”

    • Anonymous

      Only thing I think moto could improve in there hardware is their cameras… otherwise… definately top notch hardware

    • Anonymous

      +200

  • Anonymous

    Please sign me on if moto build one of those nexus devices. That is the only way i can buy a nexus if moto’s put their amazing build quality in it :)

  • Anonymous

    If no thanks for tipping the story at least spell Bloomberg right.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      omg great job your awesome for tipping this story!! happy now?

  • Anonymous

    Of course he said that.  Would he say anything different?   Jheeez get a clue.

  • http://twitter.com/danyay Dan

    “However, they are miles behind the competition with their software, mainly the user interface formally known as Blur.”

    It’s almost as if Google has some software guys working for them.

    • Anonymous

      No, they fixed it before google bought Moto. They will put more work in their software now with the help of google.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.rodrigue Geoff Rodrigue

    Moto Nexus with Webtop? Yeah that would be intriguing as all get out.

    • Fred

      webtop that runs chrome os

      • Anonymous

        ^THIS.^

  • Anonymous

    There aren’t to many articles on tax reasons for the purchase.  The $12.5 billion ends up being $3.8 billion.  Since Motorola has been operating at a lose, Google gets to capitalize on this with the tax credits.  Buying a company for these reason alone I think is borderline illegal (I’m not positive on that).   The “patents” and “great products” are just opportunities to take advantage of this.

    I saw more power to Google.  I am a fan of both companies and I’m excited to see how this pans out.For those interested in the article I read this in search “The real reason Google bought Motorola”  It was published on The Register.  It’s a very good article.  

  • Fred

    I’m intrigued on what Moto can do with a little influence from Google.  But I also love having choice and making manufacturers compete and push innovation.

    Hopefully Google is smart enough not to push out other oems or make it hard for them to compete.  How do you think they got a lead in smartphones?  A lot of choice from a lot of manufacturers and a lot of carriers.  
    It would be like Microsoft buying a PC maker in the late 80′s or early 90′s and then making it where none of the other ones could compete with it’s in house baby.  I think the mac vs. pc war would have been way closer if that would have happened.

  • Bxrider117

    A Motorola Nexus phone would be a great device, but I do not think it will ever make its way to Verizon. Prior to VZW offering the iPhone it looked as if the relationship between Moto and VZW was a match made in heaven. At this moment every other US carrier has a better Moto phone than was VZW has to offer. Being that VZW never offered the original Nexus phone, I do not see the relationship between the two companies flourishing and I do not see a Nexus/Moto device making its way to Big Red either. This does not mean that there will not be other great phones like the Bionix.

    • Kaufkin

      as things stand now, I agree.  also, Verizon is a bit of a control freak about updates and bootloaders.  but IF they released a Droid Nexus???  let’s face it.. 95% of us would jump on that beast (and then root and install something decent from CM / Pete / Chevy / etc) and THAT’S why you won’t see it.

      On the other hand, when they release a Moto phone with the same hardware style as my D1, as a nexus? that I’d switch carriers for.

      maybe.

      Love my D1. it’s been flooded under water, dropped from a running motorcycle, kept in a pocket w/ keys, etc, and still runs great.  Can’t beat that. :-)

      • Anonymous

        That phone was great back in the days. There were not other phones available when the droid1 came out. People make that phone so great but i do not. It is just 256 of memory and 550 of ghz. I can imagine if that device was could not get rooted before. What people would of done?

        • Kaufkin

          Tech outdated? yep.

          however, you drop a caseless HTC / Samsung phone from a motorcycle at a standstill, nevermind running down the road, and see how long it lasts.  The D1 is a Phone that can take a beating and ignore it, running great.  no other brand can come close to matching it, indestructibility-wise.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          its not about the insides….its about what the phone meant to the android world….a lot of peoples first smartphone or plunge into the android world was with the droid and that is why its great because it stood for something much larger than processors and screen sizes…it started a way of life :P

    • Anonymous

      are you crazy? the bionic will be better than the atrix and the photon. It will have a better processor and other cool things in it.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed without Blur, Moto’s devices are truly amazing. No ‘differentiation’ needed when you’ve got great hardware — its like gilding the lily, but instead of gold, Moto is using, well how do I put this delicately: shiznit.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed without Blur, Moto’s devices are truly amazing. No ‘differentiation’ needed when you’ve got great hardware — its like gilding the lily, but instead of gold, Moto is using, well how do I put this delicately: shiznit.

  • Anonymous

    Translation:

    Dear Moto,

    We know you need some smoke blown up your ass. Here’s what I have to offer. You guys make great hardware, but now we own you and your patents.

    Cheers,
    Eric Schmidt

  • Anonymous

    The “Motorola Droid Nexus” 

    It’s like having your virginity back. 

    • Anonymous

      Bring it on Moto shut this haters up with a moto nexus device :)

    • srini

      interesting.
      so how do you knwo how it feels to have your virginity back?

      • Anonymous

        Much like how I “knwo” how to think before I type. 

    • Anonymous

      And then losing it again. Right?

      • http://profiles.google.com/drdavepepper Dave Postle

        losing….?

        • Anonymous

          nothing feels as good as the first time ;)

  • Anonymous

    I would love a Moto Nexus though.

    • Trooper

      As would I.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the Blur skin is miles behind. If fact, I like it better than Sense or Touch Wiz. 

    • Lgreg64

      I agree the new UI looks good the old Blur UI sucked.

    • Anonymous

      After playing with the GSII I realized that Blur has room for growth. In my opinion the new TouchWiz is one of, if not the best UIs. 

      I’ve never been a big Sense fan either. 

      • Anonymous

        Have you played with the Droid 3?

        • http://an.droid-life.com/ Dan

          Yes and my current phone is a Droid X. Blur has improved greatly over the years. The DX Blur functioned better than the Devour’s Blur. Then with the DX Gingerbread update it again improved. 

          When push comes to shove I much rather have an unskinned version of Android. However, if I had to chose it would be TouchWiz, Blur, Sense. (I haven’t used LGs enough to have an opinion).  

          • Anonymous

            I do think the new touchwiz is pretty nice.

      • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      I do agree with you, some people still thinking about the blur on the droid x having froyo 2.2.1. That used to lag a lot i wont deny it , but the new blur it is pretty sweet and if you put go launcher it is even sweeter :) Any thoughts

      • Anonymous

        Absolutely, in fact I’m putting Launcher Pro Plus and GO launcher ex. Both nice launchers. I’m going to have all three and change launcher every two days. :)

    • none

      Sure, but it takes up resources without your consent and causes a decrease in battery life too. What about people who want a phone that can last longer through the day than a phone with BLUR or MAP or Touch Wiz or Sense etc. They get buggy. And Sense takes up a lot of data. Fortunately we are grandfathered in on VZW’s unlimited data plan for now otherwise that would be coming out of your 2GB limit. And every little bit counts towards the end.

  • Shimamasu

    That will be my next phone after Bionic.

    • Anonymous

      i will get the bionic now and next year 2013 i will get the motorola nexus :)

  • Mike Sutherland

    I am tiring fast of my OG Droid and its lack of power. I am also growing tired of the design. And it seems like all Motorola devices look nearly identical to me. So I dont know how excited I would be for a Motorola Nexus. The Droid 3 and Bionic look god damn identical to me in the pictures that I have seen.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah but the same can be said about the other MFG’s

    • Lgreg64

      and you think HTC phones don’t look the same as it other.

    • Mr. Joe

      All phones look alike.  I blame Apple.  The first three iPhones are identical and the iPhone 4 isn’t that big of a difference.  Still people stand in line for each one.  So other companies try to emulate this.

      Then again, how drastically can you make a phone look different?  In addition, when they try people hate it.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    The day a Motorola Nexus device lands in my hands, Kellex better become world leader of everything Android. 

    • Anonymous

      lol i can see many people are getting happy with Moto nowadays. I do not blame you. They rooted photon, atrix, droid 3, and now the bionic. Having said that, they are also are pushing the updates pretty fast as well :)

      • Anonymous

        If the Bionic bootloader can be unlocked somehow, someway like the Atrix or Photon…you may be looking at the next massive Android phone.  That’s a massive, super gigantic IF though. :)

        • Jonah

          What about the D3?

  • TripEm77

    I would sell my soul for a Moto Nexus.

    • Anonymous

      I would sell two of my 17 children for a moto nexus. No beatings on these ones i swear

      • Blood

        I would sell my village.

        • Anonymous

          you better not sell my village of boma, or we will spear you

    • Anonymous

      I might do the same lol. We will have the best hardware and no bloatware. Even though, i do not care that much for the bloatware because the new devices are packing 1 g of ram. Moto’s build quality, google’s fast updates and go launcher, i can just imagine :)

  • Anonymous

    A phone is only as good as it’s software will let it be.

  • Anonymous

    If they have to slap a droid name on it, I’m hoping that it is the DROID Nexus, not so much the Droid Prime. That way, Verizon can have their fun with Droid marketing, and we can all still get a Nexus phone – everyone is happy!

    But yes, if it were a Nexus via Motorola, it’d be sick nasty.

  • Anonymous

    firstski!

    • S Gaskinsjr

      Yep.  Moto hardware has been pretty good to me dating back to the old V60c.  I would theoretically buy that imaginary phone.