30 April 2013

Why Google Bought Motorola?--it was a bargain, and a smart defensive acquisition

The real question should be: Why doesn't the Verge get it? As pointed out by Forbes in the article link below, after deducting the sale of the set top box business ($2.35bn) and tax benefits--the Motorola deal only cost Google about $1.5 billion net--quite a bargain considering not only the patent portfolio, but the defensive strategy of keeping Microsoft or Apple from buying those same patents but also having an established maker of Android phones after Samsung and everyone else forks Android--

Why Google Bought Motorola - Forbes: " . . . Adding all of that up and Google will actually, in the end, pay around $1.5 billion for Motorola as a handset maker and that great stack of patents. . . ."

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