Friday, August 19, 2011

Google acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion to supercharge Android

On 15th August 2011, Google announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility. The web giant is buying Motorola to strengthen its mobile OS against anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. Google is buying the company for approximately $12.5 billion$40 per share in cash.
According to PR,
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
In a blog Larry Page, wrote that Google's decision to buy Motorola Mobility in addition to supercharging its Android OS was because Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business.
Larry Page added that,
Android will continue to be an open platform, and Motorola will continue to be run as a separate business.
Motorola has approximately 14,500 patents under its belt and around 6700 patents still pending applications. Android has been facing a lot of heat due to patent threats from its competitors(Apple, Microsoft and others). Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility will definitely help them better protect Android in the ongoing patent wars.

Google's decision to buy Motorola Mobility to strengthen Android ecosystem has been welcomed by most of the Android phone manufacturers.
Here are some of the quotes from Android partners,
We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.
– J.K. Shin
President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division
I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.
– Bert Nordberg
President & CEO, Sony Ericsson
We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.
– Peter Chou
CEO, HTC Corp.
We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.
– Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D
President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
We are positive towards Google’s continued commitment and investment in an open Android for the benefit of all players in the ecosystem.
– Weili Dai
Co-founder, Marvell Technology Group
Best Buy has worked closely with both Google and Motorola to bring great solutions to our customers. Now, with today’s news, we are excited to see what we can do together to serve consumers. Both companies have been tremendous partners to Best Buy and we expect that connection to get even stronger in the future.
– Brian J. Dunn
CEO, Best Buy
We are pleased to know that Google is making a move to strengthen Google’s (and thereby Android’s) patent portfolio. ZTE welcomes this step from Google to protect the value of Android ecosystem and the benefit of Android partners.
– He Shiyou
EVP of ZTE Corporation and Board Directors, President of ZTE Mobile Devices Division
ASUS is a strong supporter of Android and we firmly believe in Google’s recent strategy. Their continued investment in innovation allows leading companies like ASUS to deliver superior user experiences.
– Jonney Shih
Google also clarified that its decision to buy Motorola doesn't affect or change anything in the ongoing Nexus program. This means that the upcoming Nexus phoneNexus Prime will still be manufactured by Samsung.

Source: Google Blog., Google Press Quotes

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