Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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Mistake by Google
by libray on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:20 UTC
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As Microsoft can attest, much more can be done by being a software only company. I can't believe this was only about patents, but if it is, it's a mistake to get in the hardware business for a dotcom like Google. Google is not buying Motorola (they guys with the satellites), but Motorola Mobility Holdings (the cellphone side).


Unless! Google pulls Android from other platforms and reserves it for its own mobile division. That would be exciting because Google could become like Apple and control the ecosystem of hardware sales based on demand of the OS.

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