Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Google moves into mobile, and would-be rivals swoon - Nov. 6, 2007 [Fortune]

We're definitely not in Kansas anymore...

Maybe it is Google's $700-plus stock price, or the supremely confident tone Google director of mobile platforms Andy Rubin used to describe how Android would blow away competitors from the likes of Microsoft and Nokia (without actually disclosing any details of how Android works), but old-school telecom CEOs were lining up Monday to sing Google's praises -- and strut their own "open source" credentials.

"We've been one of the most vocal (companies) in developing on open platforms, and this is an accelerator to what we're doing," said Motorola CEO Ed Zander on a call with reporters Monday. "We applaud Andy and Eric" Schmidt, Google's CEO, who also was on the call.

It looks like Google won't have to invest any of its current ~$225B market cap in bribing the mainstream press; that'd be a superfluous gesture at this point.

Meanwhile, Zander's and Schmidt's former employer, Sun, seems to be having difficulties staying on the same growth vector as the overall hardware industry.

Google moves into mobile, and would-be rivals swoon - Nov. 6, 2007

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