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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Motorola WebOS
by Not2Sure on Mon 15th Aug 2011 20:41 UTC
Not2Sure
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2009-12-07

Shame that if this deal goes through, Motorola's inhouse "WebOS" project will probably never see the light of day now. Was some smart people working on it.

Was kinda hoping it would find its way to the surface as a niche product like Samsung has been able to do with Bada and Android in its product mix.

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RE: Motorola WebOS
by glarepate on Mon 15th Aug 2011 21:03 in reply to "Motorola WebOS"
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2006-01-04

Yeah, from what I have seen of WebOS it looks great. But I think I did hear in the conference call today that Moto is now an all-Android house.

Hopefully HP will have some luck licensing out WebOS to other manufacturers (who will prioritize it above other OSes) like they said they wanted to do. Hard to see how that will happen or who it might be with though.

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RE[2]: Motorola WebOS
by Not2Sure on Mon 15th Aug 2011 21:29 in reply to "RE: Motorola WebOS"
Not2Sure Member since:
2009-12-07

I probably shouldn't have used the "WebOS" name. They weren't licensing HP/Palm WebOS. Motorola was rumored to be creating a new interal OS that relied on "web technologies" and it sounded alot from rumors like what WebOS had chosen for its userland.

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RE: Motorola WebOS
by Lennie on Mon 15th Aug 2011 22:40 in reply to "Motorola WebOS"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Why ?

I think Google made it pretty clear that, atleast at for now, the Motorola part they bought would stay independent.

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