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For those of you returning this week from vacation, you are walking in mid-drama to a lot of $h*# that hit the fan last week in the tech world. The big news this week will surely be follow up stories to the two big stories that broke last week: first, Google announced it’s buying Motorola Mobility and second, Hewlett Packard appears to be repositioning itself to be a software company instead of a hardware company.
Fresh on the heels of Google’s announcement that it will acquire Motorola Mobility (MMI) comes, you guessed it, a lawsuit. Motorola Mobility shareholder John W. Keating filed suit against Motorola Mobility and CEO Sanjay Jha in a Chicago court and is seeking class-action status. According to Keating, the $12.5 billion offered by Google does not even come close to the company’s “intrinsic value.”
Now that the technology press have collectively picked ourselves up off the floor after Monday’s surprise announcement that Google had bought Motorola (which happened without the usual preceding weeks of rumors) analysis of the deal has begun. ZDNet’s Larry Dignan is one of the first to weigh in, noting that the deal benefits Google in six important ways.
In an apparent attempt to narrow Apple and Google’s lead in the smartphone market, Research In Motion this week announced the launch of three new touchscreen versions of its phones. They include the first touchscreen version of the Bold, a new version of the Torch slider phone, and a touchscreen-only BlackBerry.
Good news for fans of the little green robot: According to Nielsen, as of June, Android tops the U.S. smartphone OS market, grabbing a full 39 percent market share. Apple, its closest competitor, finished a distant second at 28 percent. Bringing up the rear are BlackBerry OS at 20 percent and Windows Phone 7 at 9 percent. On the hardware front, however, Apple still managed to retain the title of top manufacturer. In all fairness, Apple’s victory in this category is relatively easy since it is the only company to produce iOS devices; meanwhile, Android’s OS finds its way to devices made by Motorola, HTC, and Samsung. RIM, the makers of Blackberry, surprisingly finished a close second to Apple in the manufacturing department, commanding a 20 percent chunk of the market. Nielsen based its results on a sample of roughly 20,000 people, all of whom are postpaid customers. Read more from TechCrunch.