New rugged tablets marry the flair of the iPad to the brawn of a Mack Truck.
FORTUNE - An Apple iPad can be a handy tool to bring to work -- unless, of course, your job is managing an offshore oil rig or handling insurance claims in the middle of a hurricane. Enter a new breed of so-called rugged tablets, designed to meet the computing needs of folks who require something MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Dec 14, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Three new TV spots in advance of the holiday selling season
Following a pair of exceptionally well-produced spots from Samsung -- one tasteful, one clever -- pushing their newest Google (GOOG) Android phones, we have three fresh TV ads from Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL) and Verizon (VZ). The latter doesn't seem to have gotten the memo that this season's fashion on Madison Avenue is the soft sell.
Amazon's Kindle Fire:
Apple's iPad 2
Motorola's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 23, 2011 10:14 AM ET
The Galaxy Nexus "Calling all pretty faces" is an homage to Apple in more ways than one
Android marketing has come a long way from the 2009 TV ad for Motorola's Droid that asked:
"Should a phone be pretty?"
Judging from the spot that debuted Thursday for the Galaxy Nexus -- the new Android smartphone manufactured by Samsung for Google -- Google's (GOOG) answer in 2011 is an emphatic "yes!"
The ad -- like MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 20, 2011 7:05 AM ET
The search giant's $12.5 billion acquisition bid is a bold move that could reshape the mobile business. It's also fraught with potential pitfalls.
By Alex Konrad, contributor
FORTUNE -- Sometimes, plan B is pretty good. When Google missed out on buying Nortel Networks' patent hoard earlier this summer, few could have predicted it would make a stunning $12.5 billion cash bid for Motorola Mobility.
The move is sure to change Google's (GOOG) business, MOREAug 18, 2011 10:33 AM ET
The market has had 3 days to chew over the Googorola news. It's not sitting well.
After thousands of news reports, analysts notes, blogs and tweets, the chart at right may tell you all you need to know about Google's (GOOG) plan to fight/emulate Apple (AAPL) by buying Motorola Mobility's (MMI) brand, patents and device manufacturing business for $12.5 billion.
In the three days of trading since the news broke, Google has dropped more than $30 a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 18, 2011 7:57 AM ET
In the Harvard Business Review and a 50-minute podcast, a deep dive into what it means
Horace Dediu -- the Harvard-trained analyst who writes the influential Asymco blog -- was studying the mobile phone market for Nokia (NOK) in 2005 when Google (GOOG) bought Android, primarily as a defense against the perceived threat that Microsoft (MSFT) was about to do to cellular telephony what it did to desktop computing.
The real threat, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 17, 2011 1:12 PM ET
Google built its success on a simple search box that disrupted that old-line business, the web portal. So why is it working so hard to become one itself?
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- Google is becoming all things online. Its quest to organize all the world's information has pushed it beyond the search box. Google saw that people loved Yelp, so it aggregated reviews. It saw how we took to group-buying MOREAug 17, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Google doesn't actually have to make money on its Motorola-brand smartphones
"A year from now, would you purchase an iPhone 6 for $200 if you could get a Google-Motorola Droid 5 smartphone for $50-100 with a 2-year plan from AT&T or Verizon?"
So begins an intriguing thought experiment conducted by the team at Trefis, the stock analysis firm that breaks down companies' stock prices based on the contributions of their major products MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 16, 2011 2:54 PM ET
Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy Motorola Mobility is likely to reshape the mobile industry. But a deal would have been unimaginable without the surging Android platform.
FORTUNE -- Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of handset maker Motorola Mobility is a bid to protect itself from litigious competitors as well as to dramatically move its mobile business forward. But the search titan's biggest acquisition ever wouldn't even be imaginable if it MOREBeth Kowitt, Writer - Aug 16, 2011 11:12 AM ET
With one $12.5B deal it gets two weapons: a manufacturing arm and a rich IP portfolio
Google's (GOOG) announcement Monday that it has agreed to buy Motorola's recently spun off mobile devices business -- listed on NASDAQ as Motorola Mobility (MMI) -- for $12.5 billion could mean one of two things.
Either Google really wants to get into the Android manufacturing business -- putting it into direct competition primarily with Apple (AAPL), MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 15, 2011 9:14 AM ET
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