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 zima on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:02 UTC in reply to "Intersting move"
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They just got right into the fight with Apple and Microsoft (instead of standing in the shadows as they have done so far)

And perhaps the recent words from Motorola CEO (I bet he realised full well, a few days ago, of the imminent acquisition by Google...) about possibly exercising its IP portfolio were ultimately more a hint at (also) those two.

In other news, a visible handset maker should now use the vanilla Android UI. Too bad it's a maker which retreated from most markets and with dwindling overall market share - but who knows, maybe this deal is what will breathe a new life into them.

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RE[2]: Intersting move
by ephracis on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:20 in reply to "RE: Intersting move"
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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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RE[3]: Intersting move
by bertzzie on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Intersting move"
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2012 will be a very interesting year. Time to bring out the popcorn! ;)

Very interesting indeed. Motorola is almost like Nokia, old player with tons of patents. I hope this becomes Google-Motorola vs Microsoft-Nokia, and it blows off everyone, so finally put an end to this patent wars.

But of course, I may be just dreaming right now. This is too good to be true.

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