Google yesterday announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion, which instantly brings them into the mobile hardware market. Now the mobile platform is pretty interesting in and of itself, but that's not the only reason this deal is being made. As part of the purchase, Google will gain ownership of Motorola's 17,000 patents and 7,500 pending patents.
In the blog post about it, Google said something that piqued my interest:
Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space.
Er what? Does that mean that the new Google TV will be Motorola-powered? While much of the focus has been on the "Holy Crap! Google Bought Motorola mobile phones!" reaction, not many have caught this small tidbit that seems to imply there's far more to it.
Actually, there was another portion of the post that mentioned the patents as being protective of Google Android. So perhaps those patents have to do with the streaming of video. Remember last year when Motorola announced a product to stream video to their mobiles and smartphones? Yeah that was the birth of Motorola Mobility just this past January.
That department is more than just mobile phones, it's also… (cue drum roll) set-top boxes. The original product was to allow users to be anywhere in the home and watch video on their devices. They then went on to purchase 4Home which would give the smartphones control of the "electricity and energy in the home" and was to be used for the video streaming.
Google has also talked about home automation being a new focus for Android and this all ties together. Could it be that Google and Motorola had already hashed out a deal late last year and this is simply the culmination of the whole? The proverbial tip of the iceberg as it were?
Perhaps what this will really become is Google video streaming from the cloud but only to Android devices with tech from Motorola Mobility (Gobility?), which could be smartphones and set-top boxes to begin with but later be maybe Android-on-a-chip for connected TVs and other devices?
It's an interesting merging of technologies. Google, the software giant, now takes on a branch of a hardware giant which has already been working rather closely. That means the two will be able to easily combine the tech and produce a single piece of kit that plugs into other items like Blu-Ray, TV, set-tops and even, perhaps, game consoles?
Very, very interesting when you look at it like that.
Maybe, it's really a plan to take over the entire world through home automation funneled through a Gobility-powered set-top box that allows for complete control from a remote Gobility device…MUAHAHAHA!