Google has announced its to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn. In what looks like a deal designed to enable Android to complete with Apple by owning the hardware and the software part of business. Apple’s success has been the marriage of great hardware and great software so Google purchases of Motorola Mobility gives them both parts of the equation. The deal also seems to be about patents with Google at loggerheads with Microsoft and Apple over patents. What it means for other Android parters remains to be seem.
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.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”
Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, “This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world. We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses.”