re: Google's Motorola Acquisition: All About The Patents
Considering that Motorola's sales continue to plummet, it's no surprise that Google is cutting back. Sales in S. Korea are almost nonexistent. The cost to maintain the sales there must be more than the sales themselves, so again, not a surprise.
None of this means that Google doesn't want to manufacturer phones, just that they made a vary bad decision in buying Motorola in the first place. The $12.5 billion they paid for the company was almost twice the value of the company the day the purchase was announced. No matter how effective the patents might have been, and they have not been all that effective against Apple, or Microsoft, the other company they've been fighting (no, it's NOT all about Apple), their value was never more than a fraction of what they paid for the company.
At some time, I expect them to write most of it off.