Cable Show 2012: Motorola Mobility has a Dream and is here to stay, chief insists
Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 22-05-2012
Days after clearing the last major legislative hurdle in its $12.5 billion takeover by Google, Motorola Mobility has insisted that it will not be swallowed up by the IT giant post-completion.
Google's acquisition will not only give it a firm foothold in the mobile device landscape, but it also gets it deep inside the living room thanks to Moto's significant set-top box STB business. However in what it said was a scoop confirming that the STB was on its deathbed, The New York Post reported in March 2012, strenuously denied by the search giant, that Google was looking to abandon the STB business it will inherit before it finally closes on the $12.5 billion acquisition.
Yet buoyed by affirmation from the Chinese regulatory body that it would not stand in the way of the deal, on the provision of certain commitments to availability of Android technology, Motorola Mobility president Dan Moloney revealed that, Google has indicated that it would run its new acquisition as a standalone business.
"We're still here today, and we'll still be here tomorrow... [Google] believes we have a great vision for where we're taking the business...[and] I'd say, Google very much knows what we're doing and believes we have a strategy to go execute."
At the show Moto unveiled DreamGallery by its Medios division, a new personalised on-screen display designed to enable users to store all of their favourite content in one place for easy access. Recommendations are tailored to users’ preference and interactive search tools bring previews and information on the latest videos.
“Consumers spoke. We listened. DreamGallery is to TV what search was to the Web,” said John Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Experiences at Motorola Mobility. “Consumers want to be able to find personalised and relevant content, fast. We set out to address this hunger by leveraging our expertise in media software and our leadership in content delivery. We ended up reinventing the entire interface for television. DreamGallery isn’t just a better search and discovery experience. It’s a better way to watch TV.”