Today the wars have begun with Google buying out Motorola’s handset development division called Motorola Mobility for an estimated $7.5 billion dollars, with Google purchasing the brand for £40 a share or $12.5/ £7.5 billion overall, Google have stated that this will be run separately to Andriod, meaning it will still be offering the platform as an open offering.
The CEO of Google, Larry Page said in his statement:
“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.”
It is obvious that this acquisition was made by Google in order to streamline their and is clear that Google is fed up with Apple and Microsoft’s tactics and wants to pick up a few more assets to protect itself:
“We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to ‘protect competition and innovation in the open source software community’ and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction,” said Page.
“Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”
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