RAIN 8/15: Google buys Motorola mobile division

Michael Schmitt
August 15, 2011 - 12:00pm

Google announced today that it will pay $12.5 billion to purchase mobile phone-maker Motorola Mobility. This gives Google its own hardware products, likely affording the company a better competitive stance against phone- and tablet-makers like Apple, HP, and the Microsoft/Nokia alliance. Plus, Google now has access to “thousands of patents held by Motorola, which pioneered the cellphone business,” reports the San Jose Mercury News here.

The result? “Tighter integration between its [Google’s] hardware, operating system, and apps,” writes Evolver.fm’s Eliot Van Buskirk. The stability will hopefully lead tobetter apps, higher user confidence and a second mobile platform as robust as iOS — the operating system that helped kick off the mobile Net radio market.

This integration should “help resolvenumerous user complaints about Android,” Van Buskirk reasons. This would include the perception that Google’s Android platform “offers lower-quality apps” than Apple, and the relative unwillingness among users to spend money on apps (morehere).

Android is the most popular smartphone operating system in the U.S., according to Nielsen (more here). Google CEO Larry Page says the acquisition will “supercharge the entire Android ecosystem” (more here).

You can read Van Buskirk’s full article in Evolver.fm here.

Michael Schmitt
August 15, 2011 - 12:00pm

Entercom has partnered with web-based self-serve ad platform The Media Dash Local to sell ads for five stations in New Orleans and four stations in Denver. Local ad buyers can use each cluster’s website (Denver’s here, New Orleans’ here) to find and purchase ad packages. You can find Entercom’s press release here.

Michael Schmitt
August 15, 2011 - 12:00pm

The BBC will launch a temporary digital and Internet radio station to cover the 2012 Olympics, to be held in London. It will operate for around 20 days. The Olympics Games will run from July 27 to August 12, 2012. The BBC has more coverage here.

Michael Schmitt
August 15, 2011 - 12:00pm

Genesee Media Corporation is purchasing AM/FM combo WDNY/Dansville, NY. Genesee president Brian McGlynn is a broadcast and Internet radio entrepreneur who founded Solace.fm, a Net radio network based in Montreal.

The press release on the transaction is here, and you can read more about Solace.fmhere. H/T to Radio-info.com for this story.