Google takes over Motorola for $12.5 billion. A small price to pay to be able to compete with Apple’s move to SIMLess devices?

I’ve detailed my confidence in the disruption that remotely provisioned SIMless devices will help Apple achieve and I think it’s becoming obvious that this will have a lot more impact on the mobile industry than the launch of the original iPhone.

Although a lot of the press are suggesting that the Motorola take over is about buying patent protection for it’s Android OS customers I think its more a case of Google realising that producing the device and OS will be the only way to compete with Apple’s remotely provisioned devices.

I welcome this move and hope the Motoogle gets it’s act together quickly as otherwise there really is going to be no competition (Nokia ceded its own high end OS strategy – contrast the welcome Facetime got with the battering Nokia got for mentioning Skype! – and Samsung have continued to post massive growth by working with telcos and keeping it’s BADA OS for a larger midmarket device strategy).

It’s going to be interesting to see how the Apple Carrier Elimination strategy pans out…

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