Motorola rolls out a next-gen TV interface, but will Google keep it?

A new TV interface by Motorola Mobility cuts out the dreaded set-top-box search -- but comes just as Google is about to buy the company.

A look at Motorola Mobility's new TV interface. Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility has introduced a new next-gen set-top box interface that makes it easier to discover what's on TV without searching. The interface lands just as the Google purchase of Motorola Mobility is about to close.

In a blog post, Motorola Mobility highlighted a Dream Gallery by Motorola Medios and how service providers -- cable companies for instance -- can get consumers to the content they want quickly. The quote to note:

Do you like searching for what to watch on TV? Neither do we. Our solution? DreamGallery by Motorola Medios. For consumers that translates to: less time searching, more time watching. For service providers it means: happier consumers and shorter development cycles.

Oops.

Motorola Mobility's new parent will like the shorter development cycles. The search free interface? Probably not.

More importantly, the Motorola Mobility interface, set-top box and TV code provide another interesting wrinkle for Google's $12.5 billion prize. Google reportedly is pondering Motorola Mobility layoffs and some analysts have speculated that the search giant will exit the hardware business completely when the company closes the acquisition .

In many respects, Motorola's Mobility's TV interface meshes with the company's Webtop efforts. As Jason Hiner has noted, Google will have to ponder the Webtop , its Chrome OS and how these development projects fit together.

Will Google let Motorola Mobility run with the set-top box interface? Such a move wouldn't be a bad idea given how Google TV flopped. One of the more underappreciated Motorola Mobility assets is its set-top business. Google has acquired a concrete way into living rooms. What Google does with its living room Trojan Horse remains to be seen.

 

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