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 El_Exigente on Sat 20th Aug 2011 07:30 UTC in reply to "Intersting move"
El_Exigente
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You show no understanding of the situation. Spending $12.5bn was not the only way for Google to "get right into the fight with Apple and Microsoft". For example, they could ask the courts for permission to intervene on behalf of their partners, or they could indemnify their partners, or they could pay for their partners legal expenses. All of which, taken together, would have cost far less than the $12.5 that they just spend to acquire a portfolio of patents form Motorola that has not stopped either Apple or Microsoft from suing Motorola.

So, either Google is very stupid, or the patents are not really the important part of this deal. And if they are not the important part of this deal, then they actually do want to be a handset manufacturer who makes their own software... like Apple!

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