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How Do I Get the Apple iOS 6 Update?

Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod users can now rejoice…because the wait for iOS 6 is over. The update is now live and available for download.


With the new Maps app available with iOS 6, certain cities—like San Francisco—are showcased in dazzling 3D.

To get the update all you need to do is hook up your iDevice to your computer and launch iTunes. Apple will take it from there.

If you prefer to go wireless, you can download directly through your device, by opening your iDevice’s Settings, then selecting “General” and clicking on “Software Update.” Download times will vary and depend on a few things, like your connection speed and your current iOS. For example, if your iDevice OS is a few versions old, it could take significantly longer than if you’ve updated the OS regularly.

iOS 6 Features
The update (600 MB in size) is a goldmine, packed with more than 200 new features. Like Apple’s new Maps app, which replaces Google Maps as the iDevice choice for navigation assistance. In addition to offering voice-based navigation that tells you where to make each turn, “Maps” even contains a dazzling feature (“Flyover”) that uses a 3D display to showcase certain cities.


The Passbook app in iOS 6. No more fumbling for boarding passes or movie tickets.

For fans of social media, Facebook is integrated into the OS, while users familiar with Google Wallet will enjoy Passbook—which operates like a virtual wallet, storing digital items like movie tickets and airline tickets in your iDevice.

And if you’re an iPad user who’s felt jealous of your iPhone-carrying friends because they’ve gotten to know Siri, you can relax because there’s now plenty of Siri to go around. The iOS 6 update enables users of the third-generation iPad (as well as the new iPod Touch) to issue voice commands to Siri, who always responds with good advice spoken pleasantly. Plus, thanks to this update, she does even more now, including finding information about movies, restaurants and sporting news, and posting your direct comments to your Twitter or Facebook page.


Hottest new sportscaster of the year? Soon Siri will be delivering more sports news than ESPN.

It’s clear that iOS 6 represents a significant leap forward for the iOS—which is not surprising since the iOS will come standard on the iPhone 5. For programmers who are already exploiting the features of the last iOS, iOS 6 gives app developers a chance to really showcase their skills.

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Tech Predictions & Trends for 2012

In case you haven’t noticed we’re living in the future. Technology continues to change almost every aspect of our lives. With 2012 upon us, let’s take a look into the crystal ball and predict some trends for the coming year:

The Tablet Market Gets Tighter 
While Amazon’s Kindle Fire is making a play to take on Apple, the iPad is still the king of Tablet Mountain. In 2012, more people will own tablets and more and more tablets will replace laptop and desktop computers. Google’s Android Ice Cream OS will dominate all non-Apple devices, with the tablet-optimized Windows 8 nudging it’s way into the market too. Microsoft is rumored to be working on an iPad killer (both from a price and performance standpoint) but when the iPad 3 comes out it won’t matter.

Dual-core Processors Become a Smartphone Standard
The iPhone 4S wasn’t the first smartphone to sport dual-core processors (that honor goes to the Motorola Atrix and the Bionic Droid) but Apple – and naturally the iPhone – is the gold standard that all phones will be compared to. The bottom line is that people do more with their phones and expect more from them. And any manufacturer that’s making a phone in 2012 without a dual-core processor, well, shouldn’t be making phones. And don’t be surprised to see some phone makers up the ante even more, Nvidia recently announced quad-core processors for tablets and smartphones.

Technology Continues to Kill Technology
Why carry multiple devices when you only need to carry one?  As smartphones like the iPhone 4S continue to replace other devices, expect things like the digital camera market to shrink significantly. In fact, it’s already happening. Remember the Flip video camera? They stopped making it back in April 2011. Why? Because of the smartphone.

If you want another example, look no further than the optical drive – they’ll start disappearing from laptops. Why? People are downloading things directly to a machine or to the cloud. Devices are getting lighter, why be weighed down with an optical drive when you never use it?

Mobile Phone Plans Change and New Communication Providers Emerge
Service providers like AT&T and Verizon continue to revise their phones plans to take advantage of their customers and help their bottom line – as Skype, Google Voice and Wi-Fi continue to take a bite of providers profits. New providers will also emerge, in addition, look for partnerships like the one Walmart and T-Mobile forged this past year to spin off prepaid plans and other services.

You’ll Finally Open a Facebook Account
The last few hold-outs that haven’t hopped on Facebook yet, will finally have to sign up. Why? Many web services (like Spotify and Turntable.fm) will require that you have a Facebook account to use their service. It makes sense, it’s easier to stay connected to the userbase this way and it’s an easy way to nix fake accounts and abusive users.

Google Wallet and Mobile Payments Become More Common
Using your smartphone to pay for something will become more common in 2012, as NFC chips become more of a standard in smartphones. In fact, the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, has built in capability for peer-to-peer connections there will also be more apps that utilize the tech.

HTML 5 Finally Comes Out of the Closet
HTML 5 will reinvent the web as web devs start to really grasp and utilize the language. In fact don’t be surprised if you see HTML 5 start to take the place of apps. Need further proof? This past November, Adobe announced it would no longer support or develop its mobile Flash Player because of how well received HTML 5 has been.

The Cloud Gets Control
Think outside the box. In addition to more people adopting the cloud for storage of their music, movies and other media, we’ll also see processing move to the cloud. Look no further than the iPhone 4S and the cool things you can do with Siri. When you ask Siri something, Siri in turn sends your voice request to Apple’s data center, in turn your request is processed there and the reply then sent back to your phone.

Google Googles did the same thing a year before and it’s been recently revealed that Google is working on a competitor to Siri that will do the same thing as the virtual assistant, Google’s new secret project is codenamed “Majel.”

Apps Continue to Dominate
Apps continue to make our lives better – and they continue to replace other forms of media, like games and websites. App development will continue to grow and apps will continue to get better.

Of course, no one can predict the future, but industry analyst echo what is we’ve mentioned here. Do you agree with our predictions or have your own?

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Free Texting: iMessage VS What’s App

It’s something you probably do every day, and while the technology exists to do it for free, many people are still paying for it. We’re talking of course, about texting.

The iPhone 4S and iOS deliver the promise of free texting with iMessage. 

Think about it, in an age when eon -mails and other forms of advanced electronic communication (such as Skype, Twitter, and Facebook) are basically free, wireless carriers are still charging for SMS (short messaging service) or texts.

We get it; cellular networks are costly to maintain and upgrade. But when others are already delivering texts for free, you’d think wireless carriers would follow suit – if for nothing more than to make up for all the dropped calls we’ve already endured as customers. The truth is free text poses threats to carriers.

Apple to the Rescue
Leave it to Steve Jobs to make technology companies (in this case, your cellular provider) work harder to provide you with better service and products. Apple’s latest iOS5 features iMessage, which is a free app that serves up unlimited texting to ANY Apple device running iOS 5. The good? Once you update your iOS, iMessage is ready to go. You can send texts, images or video. And like Facetime, it looks like iMessage is headed for the Mac OS. The bad? iMessage is only for Apple users running iOS 5. That means if your friend is a PC, or using an Android phone, you have to find another way to text him, like…


WhatsApp versus iMessage! Which is best? It depends on what devices your friends use…

WhatsApp!
In this corner, WhatsApp, the free texting app that works across different OSs and even multiple devices, such as the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. WhatsApp also allows you to send images and video in addition to texts.

While there’s no cost for texting while using WhatsApp, and you can connect with people internationally using it (again also for free), take note: you’ll still be using data from your data plan when you’re using your provider to connect to the Internet to send a text.

Texting, by the numbers (Source: NY Times):

  • 2 trillion: The number of text messages sent each year in the U.S.
  • $20 billion: Revenue generated from texting by wireless carriers.
  • $7 billion: Amount Verizon Wireless generates annually from texting (it’s 12 percent of the company’s total revenue or about a third of its operating income).
  • 1/3 of a penny: What it costs wireless carriers to send a text message.
  • 10-20 cents: What cellular providers charge to send and receive a text message. That’s more than a 4,000% markup.

Companies such as AT&T use services like texting as a profit center, charging users as much as 20 cents per text message for texts either sent or received. It’s a good thing there are free alternatives; texting apps are putting enterprising developers and their app development skills to good use.

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iPhone 4S Available Oct. 14, iOS 5 Available Oct. 12, iPhone 5 ?

Based on what Apple did with the iPhone 3, we should have seen this one coming. But now we can finally separate fact from fiction. Today Apple wooed fans, technology followers and industry insiders but, for the most part, let down expecting iPhone5 owners at the “Lets Talk iPhone” event.


Inside Apple’s Town Hall conference center.

Introducing Tim Cook…
A thoughtful and steady Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, took the stage of Apple’s Town Hall. This was the same place Apple introduced the iPod; would this be also the place they would put it to death, as rumors had speculated? Thankfully, no. But Apple had other surprises and no, sadly, Steve Jobs did not make an appearance. Instead, news vans and tech writers swarmed the event in Cupertino, California, and mainly they came looking for a new iPhone.

“This is my first product launch since being named CEO.  I’m sure you didn’t know that,” Cook said upon taking the stage. “I love Apple and consider it the privilege of a lifetime to have worked here for 14 years and to assume this role. Today we’ll remind you of the uniqueness of this company as we announce innovations from our mobile OS, to apps, services and hardware.”

With that the show began. Apple started by unveiling the next upgrades for its coveted iPod and iPhone lines.

“Rumors of the iPod’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated.” 
The iPod launched 10 years ago. iTunes and the iPod have “revolutionized” the music industry, Cook said. Apple sold 45 million iPods last year alone. Sixteen billion song downloads have been served up to people all over the globe. According to Apple, the company is “very happy with the music business.” So Apple, most of all, must be surprised by the recent rumor that Apple might kill the iPod.

Instead, Apple said, it updated some apps. For example, the little tiny postage stamp touchscreen device called the iPod Nano. People use it for exercise, so Apple improved the pedometer software to keep records of your running and walking. Apple also built a “watch” app so you can wear your iPod Nano like a wristwatch. iPod Nano now sells for $129 for 8GB or $149 for 16GB.

Meanwhile, the best-selling iPod Touch will get iMessage for texting (via iOS5). At $229 for 8GB, it’s $30 cheaper. (32GB for $299, 64GB for $399, but no new hardware was discussed). iPods, like the iPhone and iPad, are powered by the iOS, and Apple took that opportunity to talk about…

iOS 5
Packed with amazing new features, Apple’s iOS 5 could be the best iOS upgrade to date. There are lots of new features: Notifications upgrades, which now allows you to see a message dashboard from the lock screen.


Reminders, iMessage and more are all a part of iOS5 and iPhone 4S. 

iMessage is text messaging app for Apple users. No more carrier texting fee; you can send photos, video and more using iMessage. While Reminders is an advanced to-do list that can remind you to perform tasks based on where you are, such as popping up a message when you get to work or home. iOS5 will be available on October 12th.

They also talked iPads, and about how 250 million iOS devices have been sold, but we came to hear about the iPhone and after about a half hour, Apple got to the point.


This was the first Apple media event in more than a decade that Steve Jobs wasn’t hosting.

Let’s Talk iPhone
The iPhone 4 has made up for more than one-half of all the iPhones sold since Apple introduced the iPhone, and according to Apple, the company is “pummeling the competition,” and growing the installed base faster than any other smartphones. ”People have been wondering, how do you follow up a hit product like the iPhone 4,” and with that, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S. Like Apple did with the iPhone 3, instead of leapfrogging the popular iPhone 4, they’ve added an S to the name. The “S” stands for speed.

The S Stands for Speed
The new iPhone 4S is powered by the A5 chip (which features 7x faster graphics for games) is twice as fast as the A4 chip in the current iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S features better battery life too, with 8 hours of talk time, or 40 hours of listening to music. The iPhone 4S has an “intelligently switch” wireless system that can swap between its two antennas for “even better call quality.” Data download data is also faster — using HSDPA cellular technology. In short, Apple is selling the iPhone 4S as a 4G-like phone. Note, though, that the iPhone4S is NOT technically a 4G phone.

New Camera
In recent months, Apple has also taken hits about the quality of camera in the iPhone 4. Apple’s Phil Schiller spoke directly to that point: ”Here we’ve really gone overboard,” he said. The iPhone 4S will have more accurate colors, a “five-element lens” with an f/2.4 aperture (which is much better for low-light situations), all delivered by an 8-megapixel camera. That’s 3264 x 2448 resolution, or 60 percent more pixels than the current iPhone 4. The 4S’s sensor is better, too.


Apple provided a little competitive analysis too: Droid Bionic 3.7 seconds to take a picture. iPhone 4S: 1.1 seconds.

“Can You Hear Me Now?” 
Possibly the coolest thing tech writers heard today, though, was the female voice of Siri, the voice control system for the iPhone 4S. While still in beta, the demo of the technology shown was nothing short of amazing. Holding down the Home button activates Siri, and you prompt her simply by using your voice:

“What is the weather like today?” you ask.

Siri pleasantly responds: “Here’s today’s weather,” and then the phone displays the weather forecast.

“Do I need a raincoat today?” you ask.

Siri agrees you might: “It sure looks like rain today.”

“Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto,” you request.

Siri instantly responds: “I’ve found 14 Greek restaurants…5 in Palo Alto.”

In addition to finding restaurants and scheduling lunch meetings (Yelp is partnered with Apple to provide restaurant reviews in Siri), Siri can read text messages, act as a calculator and is apparently fluent in French and German.

No iPhone 5? iPhone 4S 
Regarding the recent news and rumors, Apple did not release any details on the iPhone 5 or provide any information regarding Sprint’s recent deal to buy iPhones and be an iPhone carrier.  Apple did disappoint on several fronts, but nonetheless, the announcements made today will still make the Apple iPhone the most talked-about smartphone this year. The iPhone 4S will be available in 16Gb for $199, or with 32GB for $299 or 64GB for $399. (This is the first time Apple’s offered 64GB storage for iPhone.) iPhone 4S goes on sale Oct. 14th. Pre-orders begin Oct. 7th.

Update: iPhone 4 now cost $99 for 8 GB; the 8GB iPhone 3GS will be free – all phones require a two-year service contract requirement.

It’s a great time to learn app development for Apple iDevices, like the iPhone 4S. Who knows? If you start now, your app could be ready for the release of the iPhone 5.

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iPhone Invitation Confirms Oct 4. iPhone 5 Launch

Apple has officially announced the launch date for its next iPhone (or iPhones). The big day? Next Tuesday, October 4th. The Cupertino, California-based company will reveal the eagerly anticipated iPhone 5 from the Town Hall auditorium on Apple’s campus.


Apple sent this simple invitation to the press to announce the event. 

The invitation Apple sent to the media doesn’t reveal much else beside the date and location of the event. A Google maps icon pinpoints Apple’s campus location at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino. The date and time are also communicated. What is intriguing is the the red notification “1,” which on the iPhone indicates a message or call. Many industry insiders have speculated that Apple will introduce not only one iPhone but two new iPhones – including a smaller, cheaper and faster iPhone 4.

iPhones for Everyone
It’s also been rumored that Sprint will also carry the iPhone. That partnership, if a reality, will most likely be announced at the event, too. The various iPhone options (including a new iPhone 5) has been the source of many industry rumors. Most believe Apple is offering different types and price points for the iPhone in order to be more competitive with Google’s Android phones. If you’re considering a new cell phone, we recommend waiting until after the release of the iPhone 5, as the release of the iPhone 5 and different types of iPhones will most likely dramatically affect the plans offered by smartphone providers like AT&T & Verizon.

iPhone 5 Apps & Features
In addition to the new iOS 5, a number of other features and updates are expected along with the iPhone 5 announcement. Among them, Facebook and Twitter may be more closely intergrated into the phone. According to Ben Parr of Mashable, an unnamed source informed him that a new Facebook iPhone app, a new Facebook iPad app and, possibly (if that isn’t enough to have you updating your status by now), an HTML5-based mobile app store.

Neither Apple or Facebook have made any comment confirming the above rumor. Instead, Apple just quietly sent an invite for the October 4th event to press and select app developers. DMAC has been tracking the status of the iPhone 5‘s release for some time. Join us next Tuesday for a full report on the iPhone’s launch, including price and availability.

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Sprint’s iPhone 5: Projected Sales & Possible Look

It’s not official yet, but if Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 finds a new home at Sprint (the nation’s third-largest carrier), it will prove to be a colossal success, at least according to one industry analyst.

In a recent note to investors, UBS Investment Research analyst Maynard Um speculated that if Sprint gets a green light to carry the iPhone 5, the sales could be amazing: approximately 1.2 million units. And because that estimate only covers the last few months of 2011, we’re talking about projected sales of 400,000 iPhones per month…or roughly 13,000 per day.


Rumors are circulating that the upcoming iPhone 5 will be offered by three different carriers…a first for Apple.

If the Sprint deal comes to pass, it will mark a fundamental change in the way Apple does business: for the first time, the iPhone would be available for use with three different carriers. “We believe that the addition of Sprint as a carrier for iPhone is a logical extension of Apple’s strategy,” Um wrote. “The company has increasingly moved away from the exclusive-carrier model and has been using country and carrier expansion as one way to drive growth of its iPhone and iPad lines.”

Unlimited Data Deal
Sprint’s unlimited data plan would surely be a strong incentive for potential buyers/users; a recent survey of Sprint users indicated that more than half would be willing to purchase an iPhone if available with Sprint service. However, some industry voices have wondered aloud if Sprint would be able to maintain an unlimited data plan for long, because of the strong possibility that iPhone users would overload its data networks. Such has been the case for AT&T and Verizon, each of which already offers the iPhone. Both carriers have had to step away from their unlimited data plans and put tiered plans in their place.


This Chinese clone is based off leaked case designs for the iPhone 5. 

The iPhone has already proven itself to be a sales phenomenon, even in a troubled economy. During the second quarter of 2011, more than 20 million iPhones flew off store shelves. Compared with the second quarter of 2010, sales jumped almost 150 percent. Furthermore, the Q2 sales of the iPhone were almost 2 million units stronger than those of the first quarter, showing that the iPhone’s appeal is still robust and growing.


Another view of the Chinese iPhone 5 clone. 

Granted, the Sprint projections are very early, considering that Apple hasn’t even officially announced a release date for the much-anticipated iPhone 5 (although most industry gossip suggests that the iPhone will be released sometime in October). Still, just the idea of the possible revenues generated by iPhone 5 sales made Sprint’s stock spike 10 percent.


Sprint users love its unlimited data plan. But will Sprint be able to keep offering it if iPhone traffic jams Sprint’s data networks?

And there’s another provocative projection from analyst Maynard Um. He indicated that if Sprint can land the iPhone 5, he anticipates that Sprint will also be selected to carry the iPad 3, which is expected to arrive during 2012.

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Cheaper iPhone 4 & First Look at iPhone 5

In a few weeks Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5, but there’s also a cheaper iPhone 4 on the way. Reuters recently reported Apple is producing a lower-end version of the iPhone 4, expected to reach the market in late September. The iPhone 4 is currently only available in 16GB and 32GB versions. The new iPhone 4, which is being manufactured in Asia, could contain an 8GB flash drive.


                        iPhone 4                                                iPhone 5

With a wider, sharper screen, the iPhone 5 will be a smartphone that really amazes.  

Cheaper iPhone 4, Sprint Availability on the Way
News that Apple is producing a cheaper iPhone 4 is exciting iPhone fanatics and developers alike. App development is a huge business, and now even more iPhones will be released. Recently, the Associated Press reported  Sprint would sell the iPhone in September. iPhone hardware is currently only available through the AT&T and Verizon network.

When Does the iPhone 5 Release?
The iPhone 5 is apparently just weeks away from release. Some sources have even said that September 7 would be the release date. The device is rumored to have a better display and wider screen, among other great features.


Could this be the iPhone 5? Sadly no, it’s Photoshopped. But we can dream, can’t we?

One thing is for sure: Steve Jobs resignation hasn’t slowed down tech giant Apple, as insiders say the company has big plans for the next iPhone release. The dual release of a cheaper iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5 would make a lot of business sense.

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs, the man who has been the guiding force at Apple, driving both the iPhone and iPad launches, as well as the company for the last decade, has resigned his post as Chief Executive Officer at Apple Inc. The announcement was made today.


Steve Jobs, visionary.

Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook (who has been filling in for Jobs since January), will take over as CEO of the company.

Jobs, the company co-founder, and his health has been the focus of much speculation since he took a medical leave two years ago to receive a liver transplant. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The markets had already closed prior to the announcement, but Apple stock (AAPL) is expected to take a hit in light of the announcement.

The announcement via BusinessWire:

Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Steve Jobs sent a personalized letter announcing his resignation to the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community. In it, he said he would still serve on Apple’s Board of  Directors.

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How You’re Using Your Cell Phone

What do you use your cell phone for? The Pew Internet Research Project knows. It’s a top think-tank that studies a wide range of social trends; one of its latest reports shines a very interesting light on how Americans are using their cell phones.


Talking, of course, is still the main reason people use their cell phones.

The Pew survey revealed lots of intriguing data, including that some 51 percent of cell-phone users had used their phone to search for information during the last month. Some other key findings from the Pew survey are:

  • Approximately 35 percent of all Americans own a smartphone of some kind.
  • Text messaging and taking pictures seem to be the most popular activities for cell-phone users (aside from speaking on the phone, of course). An estimated 92 percent of smartphone users took part in both of these activities, while 59 percent of all other cell-phone users used their phone for the same activities.
  • 84 percent of survey respondents, not surprisingly used their phones to browse the internet.
  • Seventy percent of 18-29 year-olds had used their phones to “help fight boredom,” while forty-two percent of all respondents had admitted to the same thing.
  • Fifty-nine percent of all survey participants had used their cell phone to access social media sites, with another fifteen percent of respondents using their phone to check Twitter.

 

In one of the study’s more humorous findings, the Pew survey revealed that as many as 13 percent of all survey participants admitted to pretending to take a cell phone call…so that they could avoid actual face-to-face contact with someone.

The Pew Internet Research Project survey on cell-phone usage is just another indicator of how electronic communications (specifically cell phones) have entrenched themselves in our lives. We’re not only playing games and using apps on our phones, we’re developing apps for Android and iPhone. The telecommunications industry continues to grow with more and more consumers jumping on-board, some even ditching traditional land lines altogether in favor of – you guessed it - a cell phone.

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Why is Google Buying Motorola for $12.5 Billion?

It won’t become official until later this year or early 2012, but tech giant Google is now in the process of buying phone-manufacturer Motorola for $12.5 billion.


The deal represents a powerful combination of world-class software and hardware.

The two companies have been working together for some time; Motorola has shown solid support for Google’s Android mobile operating system and has produced smartphones and a tablet computer (the Xoom) based on the Android platform. The deal gives Google its own mobile hardware company, complete with pre-set supply chains and manufacturers.

The deal is more than a welcome piece of news for Motorola, which has been struggling to maintain its position in the handset marketplace. Even though Motorola dominates Android Devices, recently it’s lost roughly half of its share of the market. (Put in terms of dollars, Motorola’s revenues tumbled from $10.6 billion to $4.89 billion during 2010.)

What are Google’s plans for Motorola? Analysts say Google continues to build its business. It has entrenched itself in social media, launching its Facebook-killer (i.e., Google+) and now it’s setting its sites on the mobile space and crosstown rival: Apple.


Google has already declared its intentions to move into Facebook’s social-media territory with Google+. Now it looks as if Google may be preparing for economic battle against the most powerful opponent out there: Apple.

A Big Deal
The deal will transform Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc., into Google’s in-house manufacturer – and will help turn Google into a giant company that has its own software system and will be able to produce its own hardware…just like Apple.

Google’s massive growth has enabled it to afford the $12.5 billion purchase. However, success has also given Google added exposure. Lately, the search-engine giant has been under the microscope of both the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department, which are investigating Google for anti-trust violations. (It’s generally seen as unlikely, but anti-trust concerns could hinder the Motorola acquisition.)  Although it’s difficult to assess just how the Google-Motorola deal will affect consumers, most industry observers have noted that added competition typically benefits the end-user.

The move also means that like App Development for iPhone, learning App Development for Android devices will be a career that could be very profitable. Internet developers also stand to benefit from the Motorola acquisition, as Google continues to push integrated web and mobile apps.

(UPDATE: 8/16/11)

Google’s growth is currently being studied by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, which is also investigating Google for anti-trust violations. The DoJ will be evaluating the Motorola purchase to see if it breaks any anti-trust laws. If the DoJ determines that, the entire Motorola acquisition might not happen. If the deal should collapse for that reason, it’s reported that Google will have to pay Motorola a $2.5 billion cancellation fee. Most industry experts expect the purchase to occur as planned. 

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