I have noticed a lot of talk in recent weeks about the patent wars between Google and Apple/Microsoft in regards to Android. I won’t be getting into that here, but that is another example of how patent trolls can destroy good competition in the marketplace. Here is a good video if you have the time and want to learn how stupid patents have become.
Today I am much more interested in actual innovation and speculation on future technologies coming to the marketplace. Right now the biggest thing out are smart phones and tablets. Google is winning the mobile war with it’s Android. Apple is winning with the iPad. The next big battle? The TV and your living room.
Google is always making moves
I first started thinking about this with Google’s purchase of Motorola. (On top of all the patents they just acquired with the Motorola purchase; I hate this patent war). So, why is this purchase important? I used to have Comcast, then I switched to Time Warner. Now I am on Verizon FIOS. What does the neat DVR/set-top box say on the front of all of them? Motorola. In other words, Motorola has relationships with a ton of cable companies around the world through its set-top box arm (and, if I’m reading the press releases properly Motorola’s set-top-box arm is included in the mobile division that Google acquired today).
Take a look at the logo on the front of your box. I am willing to bet the majority have the same as mine. How long until these boxes have Android on them?