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The Wrong Motorola Bought Psion

The Wrong Motorola Bought Psion

Mention Psion among geeks of a certain age and you're likely to trigger a lengthy conversation about how they had - or coveted - one of the company's iconic Series 3 or Series 5 PDAs in the 90s. Known for their innovative QWERTY keyboard design and futuristic - for the time - functionality, you arguably couldn't call yourself a proper mobile enthusiast if you didn't own one at some point. So, you'd be forgiven for the briefest, misty-eyed reminiscimoment at the news today that Motorola Solutions is buying up the company in a $200m deal. Problem is, the wrong Motorola bought Psion.

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Schmidt on Motorola: “products and Android”

Schmidt on Motorola: “products and Android”

This week Google held a Big Tent event at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire, speaking with their audience on all things digital - and perhaps most importantly: Motorola. Google's Eric Schmidt spoke up on Motorola specifically, letting the world know that it's not just going to be a situation in which Google dumps the company after they've taken their patents as it's been suggested. Instead there may well be some enhanced Motorola devices coming soon - and Android devices galore, of course.

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Motorola: “if Android 4.0 ICS isn’t better, we don’t want it”

Motorola: “if Android 4.0 ICS isn’t better, we don’t want it”

This week the folks at Motorola are doing their best to let the world know that their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule is based not on their inability to upgrade their devices, but on how willing they are to do so. In a bit of a sting to those who purchased Android devices with Motorola manufacturing over the past year or so, expecting the next Android system upgrade as they did so, the manufacturer has sent out a message to users that if ICS wouldn't "improve" their devices, they would not be updated. Have a peek at the full list below.

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Open Android the price for China’s Motorola bid approval

Open Android the price for China’s Motorola bid approval

Google has secured Chinese approval to complete its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the search giant has confirmed, though it was reportedly forced to commit to Android openness to sway the decision. Chinese regulators had stood as the final hurdle for Google to complete, with the two companies being given the green-light by both US and European authorities back in February. According to unconfirmed reports, however, China's price for giving the deal its blessing was a renewed commitment by Google to ensure Android remained freely available for at least five years.

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Motorola Q1 2012 numbers show $121 million loss

Motorola Q1 2012 numbers show $121 million loss

For Motorola, it wasn't a great start to the year. The company that almost single-handedly sparked mainstream interest in the Android platform with its Droid phone, hasn't been able to keep that momentum up as other manufacturers have stepped in to knock it down a bit. In addition, Google announced last year that it planned to buy Motorola Mobility.

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Google planning Moto-powered Android iPhone attack tip insiders

Google planning Moto-powered Android iPhone attack tip insiders

Google is planning to directly challenge Apple with an in-house smartphone and tablet business built on Motorola Mobility's manufacturing heft, insiders claim, evolving the Nexus program into a true, own-branded range of Android hardware. Although it originally saw Motorola as a patent source, so two sources tell Business Insider, Google "has come to realize that it wants to follow Apple's lead when it comes to smartphone and tablet computer development." However, it faces growing resentment from Android OEMs.

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Google to sell Motorola’s hardware division to Huawei?

Google to sell Motorola’s hardware division to Huawei?

It’s fair to say that Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility was a big deal, raising questions about what the Android giant was planning to do with the hardware side of Motorola. While most people immediately thought Google could create their own Nexus devices, the company dismissed such plans, saying it planned to keep Motorola as a separate entity. After speaking with various sources, The Wall Street Journal suggests that Google was only interested in Motorola for the patents, and is planning to sell the hardware division to Huawei.

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Apple and Motorola talks tried to get all Android OEMs off the patent hook

Apple and Motorola talks tried to get all Android OEMs off the patent hook

Apple and Motorola Mobility held late-2011 patent licensing talks that could have benefited all Android device manufacturers in the aftermath of the Google acquisition, it's been revealed, "different in scope" from previous negotiations. The talks were "concerning a potential cross-licensing settlement ... in the event that the Google/Motorola Mobility transaction is closed" according to a newly published document [pdf link] by the European Commission.

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Google putting dividers between Android team and Motorola

Google putting dividers between Android team and Motorola

Google is looking to the completion of its massive purchase of Motorola Mobility with the needed approvals in the US and EU granted. The company is also looking to replace the existing CEO with its own. Google is making moves to put walls between its Android team and Motorola Mobility according to Andy Rubin. Rubin says that he did "sponsor" the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but that he won't have anything to do with the company once the deal closes.

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