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Google exec admits company’s Motorola buy was mostly about its patents, not the actual company

Published Nov 2nd, 2012 3:54PM EDT
Google Executive Lagerling Interview

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As we’ve noticed in the past, Google (GOOG) is really only into Motorola for its patents. In any interview with the New York Times, Google director of Android business development John Lagerling was asked why his company hadn’t yet teamed with Motorola to produce a Nexus-branded device, despite the fact that Google now fully owns Motorola. Lagerling responded by saying that the Android team and Motorola team were separate and that Motorola was just another partner like Samsung (005930) or LG (06657011). When pressed further and asked about how Google is “taking advantage” of the Motorola acquisition, Lagerling said that “it’s mostly about the patents, the way you can sort of disarm this huge attack against Android.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.