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[3]: Mistake by Google
by jtinz on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Mistake by Google"
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Would you agree that the complete stack has to mean either higher license costs for Samsung and HTC or reserve Android for Google only?

Or they license the patents to Apple and Nokia and grant them royalty-free for Android phones.

More realistically, all major mobile phone manufacturers already have cross-licensing agreements with Motorola and nothing much will change until these expire.

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