Shouted 'wow' when I just saw the email notification for this in my inbox. It should be very interesting to see the what Android devices emerge out of the new division. Plus, I'm in the Chicago, so I'm hoping this will boost opportunities for engineers & developers in the area (Motorola's birthplace).
i know for sure we all shouted first a "WTF" and then a WOW!
Are you sure it's so good - Google have had to fork out $7.5e9 - a huge premium on the stock market valuation - in order to buy a wodge of patents to defend Android from Apple and Microsoft. My guess is that Google will spin off the manufacturing bit as soon as they decently can.
Interesting point. On The Amp Hour, they were discussing whether or not Motorola Mobility does their own manufacturing or if it was outsourced. I'm just hoping the move will be a good thing for Motorola jobs in the area (Chicagoland). Too many times over the years, I've turned on the news to hear about big job cuts there.
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