Larry Page, Google CEO, said that Google’s terms of agreement with Motorola Mobility are finally done, and Google acquisition of the company is completed.
Google is already a mobile force with its Android operating system, but this purchase will push the company deeper into the cellphone business.
According to Page, in a Google blog entry, “It’s a well known fact that people tend to overestimate the impact technology will have in the short term, but underestimate its significance in the longer term. Many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine, and the impact of that transition will be profound– as will the inability to just tap and pay with your phone. That’s why it’s a great time to be in the mobile business.”
Dennis Woodside, former Google Americas vice president, will replace Motorola Mobility’s CEO, Sanjay Jha. Woodside told a Businessweek reporter that his job is to “make Motorola as successful as possible and deliver innovative hardware as a licensee of Android.”
The success of this purchase will depend largely on how well Motorola and Google work together. Eric Zeeman of Information Week pointed out that the two companies “need to tread lightly,” because of long-term relationships between Motorola and its customers. He points out an example regarding wireless network operators, who may refrain from selling Motorola devices if they think Google will act like Apple and “exert too much control over Android devices.”