Last Wednesday we filed a report that said Google was interested in selling Motorla Mobility to the Chinese handset and infrastructure company Huawei. Today there’s a new story that says Google’s plans are completely different. That instead of selling Motorola, Google will rebuild the company using the formula Apple has used over the past few years with the iPhone and the iPad. By that we mean Google is going to make their own hardware, which will obviously be powered by their software, but more importantly will also have all of Google’s services baked in. Is such a rumor true? The source of the story, Business Insider, isn’t exactly a reliable news organization … but who knows, it’s anyone’s guess at this point.
Let’s assume for a second that Google’s plan to enter the hardware game is true. Do you have any idea how pissed off Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, and Huawei are going to be? They’ll all scramble to find some way to differentiate themselves, which might mean Microsoft may gain some much needed support. And then there’s Amazon. They want to push their ecosystem, hard, though to be honest their online store is only relevant in America and Europe. Maybe they’ll be content with those markets?
So now the important question: When are we going to find out what’s really happening? America has already approved Google’s purchase of Motorola, and so has Europe. We’re all waiting for China to make their decision. The thing is, if the Huawei rumor was true, don’t you think the Chinese would have already let the deal go through? Sadly there’s no date we can give you, but it’s safe to say that we’ll get an answer by the end of this year.
What do you think Google should do? We’re fans of them copying Apple’s business model.
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