For years, reading online and buying Laptop Magazine has been one of my regular stops to catch up on the latest in mobile tech. Laptop Magazine was (and is) an important part of my daily curation of family technology and social media.
Other then my personal blog TechMamas.com ( and as a big fan of CoolMomPicks), I was thrilled to be part of the team at their sister site CoolMomTech – the top tech shopping site for moms. It was also my dream as a tech blogger to contribute to a mainstream tech site.
I am excited to announce that I am a guest columnist at none other then Laptop Magazine (ok, yes I am giddy)! My first column discusses if Augmented Reality toys are bad for your kids. To find out my thoughts – you will need to check out Laptop Magazine online or the May magazine issue. Even better if you do both. As I head out on a business trip next week, I picked up my regular “plane” – shut off your electronics and read a magazine – reading. I must say, buying the recent issue of Laptop Magazine was extra special this time.
Breaking news this morning just popped up in my email: Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility. The Google blog posted this information in their press release:
Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. ….. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”
I have not been posting as much lately on my Typepad blog because I am in the middle of creating a new WordPress blog that will be able to highlight breaking news (details coming out asap). But reading this juicy piece of techie news made it hard not to post right away… But what does this mean to consumers?
Motorola’s Droid smartphone and Xoom tablet hardware lines use the Google Android operating system. Motorola is known for high quality hardware (but other manufacturers also have high quality smartphone hardware). Google makes the operating system that basically tells the smartphone hardware what to do. Google will run the unit as a separate business, but as a “Google” company will Motorola have more direct access to Android resources? The Google “Nexus” smartphone had this direct access and reviews described the phone as having the best Android experience and automatic updates. Maybe this will mean that a new line of smartphones will be released that have better Android operating system integration?
I do imagine that the other smartphone hardware companies running Android will become concerned – and hope that the Android Operating System eco-system will remain as open to all developers.
Tech4Moms commented on Twitter that it is all about the patent, and this CNET post agreed: Google just bought itself patent protection. TechMeme is abuzzin with posts about the Google aquisition of Motorola. My favorite tech blogger Eliane Fiolet from Ubergizmo posted with a great deal name: “Moogle and the Future of Mobile“.
The fragmentation for Android devices make it harder for developers to code Android apps (i.e. different size handsets etc). Apple streamlined their iPhone hardware so developers have an easier time. Maybe this is a step to try to streamline the Android smartphone hardware as well?
Who knows? But I will be watching to see what new products come out of this acquisition. I wonder what my online community thinks of this news?
MOTOROLA PRESS RELEASE:
My thoughts are with the people of Japan as they recover from the recent Tsunami and Earthquake that hit. Having been in the Bay Area for the Loma Prieta Earthquake, it is even closer to home.
With all the talk of relief support, I think it is a good time to focus on the main charities that offer regular support for these type of disasters, such as the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.