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: Mistake by Google? Hmmmm ...
by glarepate on Mon 15th Aug 2011 20:16 UTC in reply to "Mistake by Google"
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Unless! Google pulls Android from other platforms and reserves it for its own mobile division. That would be exciting because Google could become like Apple and control the ecosystem of hardware sales based on demand of the OS.

1.) Today at the announcement conference call they promised [yet again] to keep releasing Android as open source.

2.) Even if they don't do that and simply stop releasing, and only produce new code under a different license, the existing code is already out there. It will either be abandoned, hurting the Android platform's spread, or give rise to massive fragmentation as everyone forks off on their own individual tangent starting from the existing code base, hurting Android.

So much for excitement. (o;)

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cdude Member since:

Keeping Android open and the partners strong is inline with spreading google services over the phone-landscape. Aborting that means hurting the cash-cow. google will not be that stupid.

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