Google/Moto: The Home Automation Side of the Story

by Jonathan Collins

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, 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.