Many news stories in the mobile phone world tend to be rather narrow in focus, passed along amongst the geek blogs, but I’m sure everyone, geek or not, has heard of this story by now. Google is acquiring Motorola’s Mobility division. It doesn’t take a professional geekster to know why this move was made: to compete head to head with the iPhone. Google, which did not make its own hardware, typically partnered with manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and Sony Ericcson for its Android phones. Now, with the purchase of Motorola Mobility, this gives Google a hardware division, which presumably means more direct control over it’s Android smart phones, and means they have a more complete smart phone “ecosystem.”
What do you think? Was this a wise move for Google? Should Steve Jobs be looking over his shoulder?