When Google first acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion, there was a lot of back and forth on why the Big G made the purchase. The general consensus was that it’s all about the patents; the hardware was just an added bonus Google might not even want. In fact speculation was that Google is so much against running a hardware business, they would sell off Motorola’s hardware division after they successfully integrated the patents acquired in the deal. Apparently, that’s not the case. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has opened up on the acquisition and how Google feels about the hardware aspect of the deal.
In a conversation with Salesforce.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff, Schmidt didn’t prance lightly around wording.
We did it for more than just patents. The Motorola team has some amazing products.Eric SchmidtGoogle
There it is, plain and simple. They did it for more than just patents. There’s no telling what Google will eventually do with Motorola’s hardware, but the company undoubtedly has some ideas in store. Cable boxes, phones, tablets, baby monitors–it’s all fair game. What would you like to see Google do with Motorola’s hardware?