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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The Fallout
by CapEnt on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:55 UTC
CapEnt
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2005-12-18

Its hard to think that Google did that alone... i see a Samsung or a alliance between all Android vendors behind this move, like a massive shadow. But i can't prove.

The fact that the Android hardware manufacturers are happy with this means that there is something else in that move. None of them would be happy with the creation of a massive competitor holding the control of their software platform unless Google promised something else beforehand.

Based on the amount of Google partners that Apple and Microsoft pissed of, some kind of fallout was predicable.

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