The basics: Google is buying Motorola, pending government approval. Everyone and their editor-at-large has written about it. Now I’ll take my shot at the soapbox.
I don’t know why Google acquired Motorola as opposed to simply licensing its trove of patents. My hunch is that it had more to do with fending off a threat from Microsoft than it had to do with Google’s hitherto unforeseen hardware ambitions.
But while I don’t know the why, I have some guesses as to what’s next. And I think that one of the prevailing theories — that Google is going to turn Motorola into its chosen House of Android, blessed with the latest and greatest releases before its competitors as it attempts to mirror Apple — is completely wrong.