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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RE: Mistake by Google
by Morgan on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:45 UTC in reply to "Mistake by Google"
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Since when is Microsoft a software only company? My Xbox 360 begs to differ. And it's probably the second most useful thing to come from the company, right behind Windows 7 (speaking of my own experience of course). I rarely play games on the Xbox, it's more of a digital hub for me. I have access to Netflix streaming and Hulu Plus, as well as all the media files on my desktop when I choose to have it booted in Windows.

As for Windows 7, it has made me like the Windows OS again, after years of loathing Vista and tolerating XP.

All that said, I can't wait to see Google/Moto turn the tables on Microsoft and Apple in the whole patent fiasco. Sure, it's fighting dirty but it's nothing the other two haven't already done. Now maybe HTC and Samsung will be left alone to make great phones without having to fight in court for the right to stay in business.

Edit: And I realize as soon as I hit "Submit" that you were likely speaking within the realm of phone hardware. My apologies.

Edited 2011-08-15 12:51 UTC

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