The deal has been a long time coming, but on Google’s official blog, Larry Page has announced that they’ve acquired Motorola Mobility. The post also notes that the long-time CEO of Mobility, Sanjay Jha, will be stepping down and replaced by a Googler, Dennis Woodside.
And as much as we’ve all known that NFC payments have been a long-term goal of Google, the way Page chooses to end his post is particularly interesting:
It’s a well known fact that people tend to overestimate the impact technology will have in the short term, but underestimate its significance in the longer term. Many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine, and the impact of that transition will be profound–as will the ability to just tap and pay with your phone. That’s why it’s a great time to be in the mobile business, and why I’m confident Dennis and the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come.
So, Page seems to think that PC is going away. I’m not sure that’s an altogether good thing, as losses of form factors go. But I’ll save that for another post. The point here is: Google clearly plans to go full-steam-ahead with NFC in their new phones. How long will we wait to get our hands on those?