Motorola rejected two Google bids and managed to drive the final acquisition price up by about $3 billion -- even though there were no other bidders. Key players in the deal included Motorola shareholder Carl Icahn , who suggested that Motorola shop its patents around, and Frank Quattrone , whose Qatalyst partners advised Motorola in the deal. The full story came out today in an SEC filing from Motorola , and was pointed out by Dennis Berman of the Wall Street Journal . Here's how it went down.
While there is still quite a bit left to learn in terms of the Droid Bionic, it looks like those who have been waiting for the handset to come available will be waiting a bit longer. This latest information has come by way of Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha who stated during the recent earnings call that the Bionic would come available in September.
Future versions of Motorola's Atrix smartphone-laptop combo will be rolled out as Android "alternatives" to tablets and other newfangled devices, Motorola's chief executive said this week. The phone maker's wasn't perfect. CNET Reviews said the lack of Google's Chrome operating system hurts (Atrix uses a FireFox-centric "Webtop" operating environment). And performance in the laptop configuration (i.e., the 'lap-dock") is sluggish. But that doesn't mean it's toast, considering at CES 2011. Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility, said Thursday there's a lot more to come for Atrix, stating that the device is an "alternative" way of
Two days before Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. planned to ship its Droid phone, Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha got a call from his lieutenant, Iqbal Arshad. There was a glitch in the software. Arshad wanted to rewrite the code before the phone went out the door. “In big companies, you tend not to make those kind of changes,” said Arshad. “They’re kind of scary.” Not at this Motorola. Engineers ordered pizzas at the Libertyville, Illinois, headquarters and the lactose-intolerant Arshad nibbled on crusts. They worked through the night to fix the glitch
Tablets will become more "fun" and "portable" and prices will come down as well. Motorola (MMI) CEO Sanjay Jha told investors today that the company will expand its webtop device lineup to include all high-end Google (GOOG) Android smartphones by the end of the year. Motorola is one of the few companies that has put all of their efforts into Android. "Webtop" is a new class of device that refers to phones that can be docked in a laptop or desktop shell and become the brains of a full computer, saving users the money and extra space required by
Motorola mobility chief Sanjay Jha confirmed that the company’s new Xoom tablet will go on sale in the U.S. at $800, a higher price tag than current market leader Apple’s iPad.
And in what has been described as the worst kept secret in the tech world, he seemed to confirm the existence of Google’s much talked about music service. Mr. Jha, speaking to reporters at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, said a device that was 4G compatible on U.S. carrier Verizon’s network was worth the extra money