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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Unlocked bootloader
by sb56637 on Mon 15th Aug 2011 15:47 UTC
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Please say that this means Google will make them release an unlocked bootloader for my Droid 2 Global phone so I can install a 3rd party ROM with an updated kernel? The Droid 2 / Droid 3 are probably the best QWERTY Android phones from a hardware perspective, but hindered by software from Motorola and Verizon.

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