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Google Buys Motorola Mobility: Bullet Train or Train Wreck?

While Google's Android market share growth is on a fast track, so are the lawsuits over patent violations,the complaints about platform fragmentation and unease about how the company will monetize its mobile business.The purchase of Motorola Mobility Solutions (MMI) dramatically raises the table stakes for Google. One would hope that a deal of such magnitude would result in greater strategic clarity. Instead, in the wake of the announcement, technology buyers, Google Android partners and investors are left with more questions than answers. We believe the key issues for investors and other stakeholders lay at the potential disruption to the viral adoption of the Android portfolio. In this research note we examine key issues related to this acquisition and explore various outcomes that have direct impact on the future makeup of the Android market ecosystem.
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