Since last week’s announcement that Google is buying Motorola Mobility for $12.8 billion dollars most tech pundits have been repeating the fact that Google has no experience in the hardware business.
We tend to dispute this theory. They have the entire Danger team in house now including Sr.Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin and Danger’s OS guy Mattias Duarate. Although Rubin has never run a company the size of Motorola he definitely has experience in at least the handset design business.
One thing that hasn’t been revealed since Google’s big announcement is who will report to who. Google has repeatedly said that Motorola will function as a separate business, but they didn’t once say that Google wouldn’t have a say so in their operations. It would be silly for Google or any company to buy another and be totally “hands off”. Somewhere in the future, somehow, Libertyville is going to have to be accountable to the Google Plex. Will Motorola directly report to Larry Page? Will they report to Andy Rubin? Will Andy Rubin become Sanjay Jha’s boss?
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