Google acquisition of Motorola complete: What now?
Google officially took Motorola under it’s wings today after an extended regulatory review and government inquiries worldwide. Google now has a hardware component – a huge one at that – to match up it’s software and services division. Sounds like where Microsoft wanted to go a few years ago?
It’s important to note that most of the statements made by the management over the past few months and even today may not be completely sincere. After all, they had to make some compromises in order to get the deal done and approved by governments worldwide. And with Google under review (virtually everywhere) over harming it’s competitors, security and privacy policies and more it’s easy to see why they would like to step very delicately.
Which makes this statement that much more interesting to me as a service provider:
“Many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine, and the impact of that transition will be profound–as will the ability to just tap and pay with your phone. That’s why it’s a great time to be in the mobile business…” – Larry Page, Google CEO
That is not just a sidenote or a carefully placed disclaimer somewhere on the site, that’s the conclusion at the bottom of the announcement Google made today. Google (and now Motorola and hence all of it’s partners in the mobile space) are saying what Steve Jobs said a year ago – that PC will eventually cease to exist.
Microsoft may not be in complete agreement. Neither would Dell, HP or Lenovo – although they would have a hard time trying to argue that fact considering how poorly their businesses are doing with PCs and how they themselves are heading in the gadget direction.
The transition won’t happen overnight, it won’t be quick and it definitely won’t be without problems. But if I were building a business today or if I were a large service provider I’d definitely place my bets on the online services rather than services attached to PCs and servers that nobody seems to want these days. But between now and then the opportunity to bridge the gap will be significant!