Technology

Google Wraps Up Motorola Mobility

5/28/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

Google is now the proud owner of Motorola
Mobility — but with the patent-driven takeover complete,
it remains unclear what the search-engine giant
eventually plans to do with the cable set-top and video
infrastructure side of the business.

Google, in announcing that it completed the $12.5 billion
cash acquisition of Motorola Mobility last Tuesday (May 22),
said that Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha stepped down as CEO.

Dennis Woodside, who has overseen integration planning
for the acquisition and previously served as president
of Google’s Americas region, has been named CEO of Motorola
Mobility. Google said Motorola president Dan Moloney
will remain in charge of the cable-focused Home
business unit.

The deal, announced in August 2011, will enable Google
to “supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance
competition in mobile computing,” the Internet giant said
in a statement.

Google said it would run Motorola Mobility as a separate
business, but otherwise didn’t shed any light on its future.
The company reiterated that “Android will remain open,”
and that Motorola will remain a licensee of Android.

At the 2012 Cable Show last week, Moloney briefly addressed
the Google takeover on Monday, the day before
the deal officially closed, saying that it will be business as
usual for the foreseeable future.

“We’re still here today, and we’ll still be here tomorrow
... That’s not changing,” he said, speaking during a
session. “Now, we get the ability to have those dialogues
with Google and see if we can accelerate some of that innovation.”

Moloney added, “They believe we have a great vision for
where we’re taking the business. At a general level, I’d say,
Google very much knows what we’re doing and believes
we have a strategy to go execute.”

For Motorola, that strategy involves facilitating the
ongoing shift toward securing content across multiple
screens, as millions of new devices come into consumers’
hands. At the Cable Show, Motorola highlighted two advancements:
doubling the total downstream capacity of its
DOCSIS 3.0 cable-modem termination system and staging
one of the first demos of the next-generation High Efficiency
Video Coding (HEVC) standard in the U.S.

“Think about all the opportunities to push more content
down when you can compress it,” Moloney said.

Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement: “Motorola is
a great American tech company, with a track record of over
80 years of innovation. It’s a great time to be in the mobile
business, and I’m confident that the team at Motorola will
be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will
improve lives for years to come.”

When Google announced its plans to acquire Motorola
Mobility, Page said the company wanted to obtain Motorola’s
17,000-plus patents to “better protect” the Android
operating system from legal attacks by rivals, including
Apple and Microsoft.

Woodside, the new head of Motorola Mobility, said in a
statement, “Our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility’s
remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful
devices that are used by people around the world.”
Woodside has brought on board several new managers,
who will join Motorola Mobility immediately. They
include Regina Dugan, former director of DARPA; Mark
Randall, former supply chain vice president at Amazon.com and previously at Nokia; Vanessa Wittman, former
CFO of Marsh & McLennan; Scott Sullivan, former head
of human resources at Visa and NVIDIA; and Gary Briggs,
formerly Google’s vice president of consumer marketing.

Google said several members of Motorola Mobility’s
senior management team will continue in their current
roles, including: Moloney; Iqbal Arshad, head of product
development; Marshall
Brown, chief of staff ;
Mark Shockley, senior
vice president of mobile
devices sales; and Jim
Wicks, who leads consumer-
experience design.

GOOG-O-ROLA: DEAL TIMELINE

Aug. 15, 2011:

Google announces
surprise $12.5 billion
bid for Motorola Mobility,
citing the latter’s
17,000-plus patent
portfolio.

September 2011:

Google discloses it
originally approached
Motorola Mobility in
July about purchasing a
portion of its patent portfolio,
an offer Motorola
declined.

February:

U.S.
Department of Justice,
European Commission
approve deal but both
say they’ll keep an eye
on how Google uses
Motorola patents.

May 19:

Chinese
antitrust authorities clear
deal, the final regulatory
approval needed.

May 22:

Google
closes Motorola Mobility
acquisition; Motorola
CEO Sanjay Jha to step
down and be replaced
by Dennis Woodside,
formerly president of
Google Americas.

March