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: Intersting move
by zima on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:02 UTC in reply to "Intersting move"
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They just got right into the fight with Apple and Microsoft (instead of standing in the shadows as they have done so far)

And perhaps the recent words from Motorola CEO (I bet he realised full well, a few days ago, of the imminent acquisition by Google...) about possibly exercising its IP portfolio were ultimately more a hint at (also) those two.

In other news, a visible handset maker should now use the vanilla Android UI. Too bad it's a maker which retreated from most markets and with dwindling overall market share - but who knows, maybe this deal is what will breathe a new life into them.

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