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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Hitting MS
by dsmogor on Tue 16th Aug 2011 12:14 UTC
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MS is now the most notorious troll in the mobile industry. So backfiring at them with Moto patents is a no brainer. The question is: would that be successfull?
MS doesn't produce phones so there's litte overlap with MS and MOTO technologies and thus a little attack area. Google can attack MS HV partners but they are also Google partners. The only one that is not is Nokia which can defend itself. Well anyway MS is blackmailing their own partners, so Google could still show some soft power twist here, but it is far from trivial.

Edited 2011-08-16 12:21 UTC

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