Google-Motorola deal could power Android against Windows 8

Apr 23, 2012

As Google’s merger with Motorola Mobility is expected to go through any day now, speculation and expectations are on the rise for how these two companies will re-shape their respective products and strategies. It’s been debated for some time whether or not the Google-MoMo deal is worthwhile, if it’s Google’s attempt to become a hardware company, or if it will destroy Google’s open-source Android platform across OEM partners. It’s even been rumored that Google’s approached China-based Huawei for a deal to sell Motorola at a high price. With approval from the U.S. and the European Union, the Google-Motorola Mobility deal awaits only China’s regulatory board to move forward, and as political controversy and dropping stock market prices swirl around this massive acquisition, we’re still left wondering what Google is really up to.

The latest product of promise could be the Motorola Atrix smartphone with the Lapdock that makes it act like a laptop computer, complete with Webtop software that converts smartphone actions into laptop capabilities once docked. CNET purported this smartphone-Lapdock combo could replace Google’s troubled Chromebook efforts, which centralized the Chrome OS as a web-ready way to access the web and growing family of Google Apps. Webtop could also be the way Google competes with Microsoft, which is planning a cross-device platform to unify its Windows 8 software. With Apple’s lineup of iOS devices, it’s clear Google will need a streamlined offering to compete.

Motorola Mobility CEO comes out on top

A pay raise for Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, the brain behind Webtop software, reiterates Google’s faith in their pending acquisition, as a regulatory SEC filing revealed Jha’s earnings quadrupled from 2010 to 2011. That’s a $34 million raise to $47 million last year, considering Motorola hasn’t released a top Android device since the original Droid. Jha is not expected to stick around after the Google-MoMo deal is finalized, however, as it was reported in February that Google executive Dennis Woodside would head Motorola under Google. Jha has significant stock in Motorola, however, and will make another $62 million once the merger with Google goes through.

But China remains a sticking point for Google’s acquisition, as investors lose faith in the deal. As Google takes a stand against China’s web censorship and refuses to offer details on the specifics of the Motorola purchase, public uncertainty is Google’s biggest enemy right now.

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