Breaking news – Google to Acquire Motorola

pd August 15, 2011 4
Breaking news – Google to Acquire Motorola

Google just announced Monday morning that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

Motorola is one of 39 manufacturers of handsets that use Google’s Android operating system.

Buying a hardware company is an unusual move for Google. The acquisition, Google said in a statement, “will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem.”

Google CEO Larry Page expanded on what that might mean in a blog. In addition to citing Motorola’s home devices and video solutions business, Page references recent patent wars that Google believes to be anit-competitive.

“The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to ‘protect competition and innovation in the open source software community’ and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction,” Page writes. “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”

Android will continue to be an open platform, and Motorola will continue to be run as a separate business, Page added.

4 Comments »

  1. pd August 15, 2011 at 6:13 am -

    I wonder how the other android manufacters are going to feel about this. We know they have been re-evaluating WP7 as an alternative due to necessary licensing fees paid to Microsoft for using the android operating systems. Does this push them further towards WP7 now that google is directly competing with them?

  2. how to cook steak September 7, 2011 at 7:28 am -

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