I’m sure Motorola employees were looking over their shoulders when the Google acquisition was announced but they probably didn’t imagine how bad the cuts would be.
Google is definitely following in Apple’s footsteps in becoming a hardware company (as is Microsoft) but at least for now the transition is an expensive one. Even with them concentrating on high-end devices, again like Apple, it’s still going to be difficult to make this pay off in the short term. And I’m sure many of Google’s handset partners are less than thrilled with Google’s hardware foray, which may hurt them should one or more of the partners abandon Android for a software platform they don’t have to share with Google. It looks like this could get interesting, for sure.
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