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As an ex-Motorolan I have very mixed feelings about the Google acquisition of Motorola.

On one hand I’m happy as it offers (potential) financial security, an opportunity to continue working on new handsets and it offers Google a pool of very talented hardware experts.

On the other hand I’m concerned that Google have bought the Motorola patent portfolio and, now it has that, will be looking to offload the handset business (Huawei anyone?).  Selling off the handset business may work out well for Motorola of course but I do fear potential lay-offs as part of either process.

Time will tell.  I truly hope that jobs remain secure and that the marriage between Google (software) and Motorola (hardware) talent produces some amazing new handsets.

Read the official Google Blog post here.

I’d love to hear thoughts on this one in the comments below.


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