Much has already been written about the implications of the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google that was announced on August 15, 2011. Nevertheless, apart from a good article on CNN.com, there has not been much discussion of the ramifications of the acquisition for the home automation market. Google had earlier announced its Android@Home initiative on May 9, 2011. Likewise, Motorola Mobility had acquired home automation platform specialist 4Home in December 2010. ABI Research believes the acquisition provides a unique opportunity for Google to differentiate itself in the home automation market.
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