While it’s old news that Google acquired Motorola in August for a whopping $12.5 billion, that merger has been an ongoing process – till now. Today, Google announced via CEO Larry Page on its blog that “our Motorola Mobility deal has closed”, bringing the nine-month merger to a conclusion.
So what does this mean? For the company, Motorola CEA Sanjay Jha will be stepping down in favour of Google man Dennis Woodside, who used to be the latter company’s President of the Americas. Amidst rumours of company restructuring that may result in job-cuts (as these things so often do), we can only hope that Moto’s intimate relationship with Google going forward will give it the earliest possible access to the latest Android versions and features.
This, of course, is where things get interesting for the consumer. Currently, Google’s flagship Android devices are handled by Samsung on the phone side, with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and there are strong whispers on the wire that the first pure Android tablet will be a collaboration with Asus – responsible for gems like the Transformer Pad 300.
However, for the next generation we are likely to see a marriage between Google’s software and Motorola’s – sorry, we mean Google’s – hardware, a partnership to match Apple’s iPhone/iPad and iOS combo. Ideally, this will lead to better devices truly designed from the ground up to accomodate the best mobile operating system the search giant can devise, with all the design nous, innovation and patent power of one of the world’s largest technology companies behind its design and integration.
As Page concludes at the end of the entry: “I’m confident Dennis and the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come”. Bring on the super-galaxy note phablet with Project Glass, we say.