Google Inc. intentions for its largest-ever acquisition, the $12.5 billion purchase of the once-great, now-faltering Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. In that time, Google has gone from country to country getting the acquisition approved with great success (China is the only country that hasn’t approved the deal).
Google’s official statement regarding the reasoning behind the purchase of Motorola Mobility has always about one thing: patents. What most people forget to consider is that Motorola Mobility also has roughly 20,000 employees spread out across 90+ countries. What’s Google going to do with them? According to The Wall Street Journal, no one is giving a straight answer to that question.
Some say Google is going to try and rebuild Motorola and make them a serious competitor in the smartphone space. Others say Google is going to be as hands off with Motorola as possible so that other Android handset makers don’t feel like Google is playing favorites. The most interesting rumor however is one out of Asia. Sources say the search giant might sell Motorola’s handset unit to Huawei.
Not only do they not have to worry about managing a sinking ship, they get back some of the money they spent on patents. Of course if Google’s real intentions are to use Motorola’s hardware division to make their own handsets, selling wouldn’t make sense. But there’s a very slim chance that will happen.
We’ve been waiting for some kind of sign indicating what Google will end up doing with Motorola, and selling to Huawei makes quite a bit of sense. What would you like to see happen to Motorola?