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[2]: Intersting move
by ephracis on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Intersting move"
ephracis
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Truly. It is my view that Motorola has been fading lately and I was rather surprised by this move.

But this market moves very fast and the underdog today may be the leader tomorrow, which makes any predictions very fuzzy at best. Instead I try to figure out the motives that Google has with this and one big word keep popping up: patents!

Of course it would be nice for Google to control some sort of "reference" hardware/phone and maybe owning Motorola will make their "Google phones" even better. But I think that Motorola's patents are the actual treasure here.

2012 will be a very interesting year. Time to bring out the popcorn! ;)

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