Google sells Motorola Home to Arris for $2.35 billion…among other things

The big news today in the Google-verse (for those that haven’t been tuned in) is the big G’s sale of their Motorola set-top box division, Motorola Home. For $2.05 billion dollars and $300 million in shares, ARRIS will be the proud owner of a division of Motorola Mobility that Google wasn’t making much use of as it was. Up front it looks like a simple corporate sell-off, but as Slashgear pointed out, there’s the potential here for something more interesting, as Google now owns 15.7% of ARRIS, a technology company “specializing in the design, engineering and supply of broadband services for residential and business customers around the world.” Among their products is their “Whole Home Solution,” which is designed to communicate information and data (specifically video) from an internet service to a wide array of devices in the home. Given Google’s apparent decommission of the Nexus Q and their continuing focus on GoogleTV, this product alone could be extremely useful to them. All of this is of course strictly conjecture, but rest assured we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open for any further news on the subject. So what do you think? Strictly a sale or more than meets the eye? Let us know in the comments!


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