Google (s GOOG) has hired Barclay’s (s BARC) to shop around the home hardware business of Motorola Mobility just three months after the acquisition of the hardware maker closed, according to a Bloomberg report. Motorola’s home segment includes the manufacturing of cable modems as well as TV set-top boxes, and there has been speculation that Google could use those set-top boxes to finally get Google TV into millions of homes. So why would Google want to unload Motorola’s set-top box biz?

Cable companies don’t like open platforms

Turning Motorola Mobility’s set-top boxes into Google TV devices may sound good on paper, but it’s much easier said than done. Sure, cable operators like Comcast (s CMCSK) are looking to lease next-generation set-top boxes to their customers that combine traditional pay TV with internet content, hook into social networks and are capable of running apps and widgets. But in the…

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