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: The Fallout
by vodoomoth on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:07 UTC in reply to "The Fallout"
vodoomoth
Member since:
2010-03-30

Based on the amount of Google partners that Apple and Microsoft pissed of, some kind of fallout was predicable.

Yes, but do you think Apple and MS care?

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RE[2]: The Fallout
by CapEnt on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:27 in reply to "RE: The Fallout"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

Of course! Motorola patents are enforceable in practice, very unlike the bulk of software patents of Apple and MS, or "community design" scratches.

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RE[2]: The Fallout
by terrakotta on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:34 in reply to "RE: The Fallout"
terrakotta Member since:
2010-04-21

If it means no more 15$ per android device sold, I think MS cares.

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RE[2]: The Fallout
by Soulbender on Mon 15th Aug 2011 15:17 in reply to "RE: The Fallout"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

They should, especially MS who isn't exactly doing stellar in the mobile space.
Only a fool would not care about losing partners and customers.

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