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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by 1c3d0g on Mon 15th Aug 2011 16:36 UTC
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Question: do the set-top boxes from Motorola belong to this wireless group Google bought as well? If so, this is even BIGGER than I thought! Many cable companies in North America have Motorola as their set-top box by default, so Google will have a pretty massive user base right there.

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RE: EGGcellent!
by Bobthearch on Mon 15th Aug 2011 17:10 in reply to "EGGcellent!"
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Here's the Motorola splash page where you can go to either Motorola Solutions or Motorola Mobility and see which products belong to which division.

But yes, the set top boxes and many other home electronics (modems, phones, etc.) belong to the Mobility division.

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RE: EGGcellent!
by libray on Mon 15th Aug 2011 21:35 in reply to "EGGcellent!"
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Google in all homes, with computers or not, like it or not. Skynet has new roots. Look into your front facing camera. Thanks!

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