Motorola has officially teased the addition of a wood backing option for its Moto X smartphone. The option has long been rumored to debut at some point before year's end, with the first estimates of Thanksgiving being a bit quick on the trigger. A revised, Q4 release date range for wood backs surfaced around then, and it looks like that one is going to pan out sometime in the next few days.
Google announced their latest quarterly earnings yesterday, and the company had another good three months in the black, earning a revenue of $14 billion, with $3.35 billion of that as cold, hard income. However, Google's recently-acquired Motorola Mobility is struggling, losing $271 million, but Google CEO Larry Page seems to have big plans for the subsidiary, and teased some of the features we may see on upcoming devices.
It wasn't all that long ago that Google purchased Motorola Mobility getting itself a hardware arm. Everyone assumed when Google made the purchase that Motorola would be the company producing the Nexus devices from then on out. Google promised that it wouldn't give Motorola Mobility any sort of favoritism when it came to Android.
Motorola Mobility will exit South Korea next year as part of its reorganization that has been ongoing since Google purchased the company. The only employees that Motorola Mobility will retain from the operations in South Korea include roughly 10% of its local research and development staff. Those people will be offered relocation packages.
Google bought a lot of stuff when it purchased Motorola Mobility, but it turns out that the company isn't interested in some of it. Bloomberg reports that Google is looking to sell off Motorola's Home Business unit, which sells set-top boxes to cable providers. Google doesn't want anything to do with set-top boxes, it seems, as the company has reportedly hired Barclays Plc to handle the sale.
Another Monday is in the bag folks, so give yourselves a pat on the back. We're starting things off tonight by having a look at the latest iPhone rumors. Current whispers are telling us that pre-orders for the next iPhone will become available on September 12 - the same day that Apple is expected to reveal it - and that it'll become available at AT&T later on in the month. We also caught a glimpse of the reported logic board in the next iPhone, and it seems that this new logic board is leaving room for a larger battery and LTE capabilities.
It hasn't been long since Google purchased Motorola Mobility with an eye towards creating and building its own Android smartphones. Motorola Mobility hasn't had a huge success in the smartphone market for a while. The mobile phone maker plans to focus on a smaller amount of popular and high-quality phones rather than trying to hit the market with a shotgun blast of devices hoping for a win.
Apparently, the end is near for the deal that will see Google acquiring Motorola Mobility and get its own hand in the smartphone hardware business. The Department of Justice said to be ready to approve the acquisition with the final word to be handed down on February 13. The Department of Justice is ready to give the purchase its approval, but there are still some in the US and Europe that worry Google might use its acquisition to force licensing of the patents Motorola Mobility holds to other companies on unfair terms.