Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Interesting article and a good read for those not already aware of the details. Again, a bit long and wordy however for those of us that do already know.
I think it's clear that Android is being de-emphasised by Google lately, but I don't think the author really proves his case that its "on the way out." I find it to be more speculative and suggestive than based on any hard facts.
Rubin's ouster doesn't have to be about anything but the Motorola acquisition for example. It's one of the biggest most expensive blunders in tech history and if he was the head cheerleader, that's more than enough reason for him not to be around anymore. Similarly, the Chrome executive taking over need not be about anything more than him being the only senior executive with the right experience, or it could also really be about consolidation rather than Android's removal.
As for the premise, or the 'trigger' if you will for the whole piece, which is the apparent decision to use Chrome in the living room instead of Android, that might have nothing to do with anything other than the fact that Android is a bug-filled insecure nightmare. No media company is going to want to distribute content on Android in the living room. That would simply be insane.
In short, there are other explanations for most of the main points here and while the authors conclusion may be true, it need not necessarily be so. It's a colourful theory though.
Edit: I guess I should add that even if Google is moving away from Android, it doesn't come close to really proving
it's main assertion that the reason
for this are the issues with intellectual property.
I have to agree, one could come to this conclusion and there are many factors at play here which makes it hard to know what was the driving factor. However, I have to agree if Google made the Motorola decision based on Rubin, who honestly did not strike me as nothing more that a techie they deserve what they get then.
I have it from a good source that Google lack the business sophistication to take on a Motorola acquisition. First, Google did the deal in 4 days, this is from the time they walked in the door to make an offer to when Motorola say okay. Google did no due diligence on Motorola, they had no clue what they were getting themselves into. They did not need to do this since Motorola had no other interested parties at the time, Google was in a hurry fend off the war that Steve had now waged on them.
Motorola was plan B or maybe X after the screw up with trying to get the Nortel's Mobile patents which Apple happen to win. I believe Rubin was also involved in that screw up as well. Google got Motorola and all the headache of buying a company that has been around for 70+ years. The reason the deal took almost a yr to close is due to the fact that all the various governments, competitors, customers and such had a say about what Google could or could not due with Motorola. In the end Google's hands were tied, and tied hard to the point and Rubin said it the Motorola team no longer had access to the Android team as they had in the past.
Yes Google wanted the IP, and figure they would get it and shut all the operations of Motorola down and begin their counter war with their New found patents. Well good idea but they fail to understand there would be a huge number of people weight in on their plan.
My impressions are Google is licking their wounds, and trying to figure out how to get out of the mess they are now in. Everyone jokes about Steve's comment about thermonuclear war with Google, but even from the Grave Steve is exacting his wish. No, Apple did not drop a huge bomb on Google's Mountain View Campus, they just attacked at all their flanks. Remember you do not need to win the war by attacking your enemy straight on, you just need to make sure they can not fight back. I believe this exactly what Steve did, he is wounding them to the point where they can no longer fight and he did so by using any means available to him.