Why Google needs the Motorola deal for tablets

GigaOM: China is expected to rule soon on Google’s proposed acquisition of Motorola, with the deal already approved in the U.S. and Europe. When Google announced its intention to spend $12.5 billion on Motorola — one of its own Android hardware partners — the purchase was considered to be a play for Motorola’s mobile patents. There’s additional opportunity as well, in the form of Google’s having direct control over Android hardware. One research firm suggests this aspect is key for Google to have any success in the tablet market while also improving its revenue stream on mobile search.

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