The blogosphere is on fire with rumors about a possible Motorola hand-off from Google to Huawei once the original Motorola buyout deal closes in China. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Asian techies are spreading word about the possibility of Google offloading Motorola to Huawei for a “high price.” We’ve already seen signs that Google may be looking to rid themselves of Motorola’s non-patent assets, including the replacement of Motorola’s CEO with an AdWords executive that’s got most of his experience in business law.
For Huawei, a corporation that’s hell-bent on becoming one of the fifth largest U.S. mobile companies, a Motorola buyout would instantly insure some level of market penetration in the Americas. Of course, Google will want to strip the patent assets from Motorola before selling it to another manufacturer. From statements made by Google’s Andy Rubin, it doesn’t seem like Google is particularly interested in entering the hardware business.
If anything, a move like this would prove very interesting for American cell customers. A possible Motorola-Huawei combo could mean a change of path from Motorola’s excellent build quality, Blur-infused Android plan.