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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From previous statements made at the Oppenheimer conference, Motorola CEO hinted at IP attacks against other Android manufacturers, saying "Intellectual property would be crucial to "differentiation" among Android designers" (just go to Motorola website and listen to the keynote webcast).

It's a smart move by Larry Page, for sure ! A win for both ! But saying, Apple and MS forced him to buy Motorola ? This is PR smoke screen ! We won't really know the real story behind it, but Motorola was probably also forcing Google too since they were struggling to make money (3 of the last 4 quarters were red for them).

For GOOG, one could argue that they knew from the beginning how critical it was to make Android the best it can be, regardless of patents, as long as Apple doesn't catch the whole market it would have become a big threat to them in case Apple switch to another search company. Since money buys you anything (good for them they have this almost-defacto-monopoly on search business), they could have told their engineers to just work and not focus on going the alternate route if a patent becomes problematic.

From a business point of view, it's really a smart move !

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