And in Other News, Google Acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

Google made a significant announcement today, with their acquisition of Motorola for $12.5 billion dollars. Motorola was one of the first companies to partner with Android, and will be run by Google as a separate business.

As explained in the Google Mobile Blog, CEO Larry Page had this to say about why they purchased Motorola:

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.

The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences. I am confident that these great experiences will create huge value for shareholders.

I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.

Note that Apple and Microsoft were openly referred to as ‘anti-competitive threats’ by Larry Page. Google was shut out of Nortel’s patent sale by a consortium headed by Apple and Microsoft.

The last time we heard of significant tech partnerships was back in early February when Nokia and Microsoft partnered up. This is great news for consumers as we’ll get more choice, as the competitive smartphone market continues to grow. My bets are on the classic RAZR coming back, running some ‘flavour’ of Android OS. Who’s with me?

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  • guest

    The Razr is dead.  RIP.. It was good for it’s day but people are really seeing the advantage of smartphones now and now that Motorola has superphones (crazy hardware) Google can really shut down the competition and lock out even HTC with less advanced versions of android (not beta)..   I’m an iPhone user and I think this genius and may actually be the turning point in the race.. Good luck Microsoft.. you’re done. 

  • guest

    The Razr is dead.  RIP.. It was good for it’s day but people are really seeing the advantage of smartphones now and now that Motorola has superphones (crazy hardware) Google can really shut down the competition and lock out even HTC with less advanced versions of android (not beta)..   I’m an iPhone user and I think this genius and may actually be the turning point in the race.. Good luck Microsoft.. you’re done. 

  • Anonymous

    AKA 2 can play this game, Apple.

  • Anonymous

    AKA 2 can play this game, Apple.

  • Anonymous

    AKA 2 can play this game, Apple.

  • MrAnonymous

    I’m sure the RAZR will make a come back.  Most likely not a flip, but certainly thin and completely touch screen.  Perhaps a dual touch screen, both front and back.

  • MrAnonymous

    I’m sure the RAZR will make a come back.  Most likely not a flip, but certainly thin and completely touch screen.  Perhaps a dual touch screen, both front and back.

  • MrAnonymous

    I’m sure the RAZR will make a come back.  Most likely not a flip, but certainly thin and completely touch screen.  Perhaps a dual touch screen, both front and back.

  • MrAnonymous

    I’m sure the RAZR will make a come back.  Most likely not a flip, but certainly thin and completely touch screen.  Perhaps a dual touch screen, both front and back.

  • Anonymous

    This acquisition is going to be awesome. So many possibilities Google can do now.

    But I am not sure how companies like Samsung, HTC, and others that run Android will like it.

    My guess was that this was a long time coming. Motorola split into 2 divisions not too long ago, and now this announcement. I think they are related

  • Anonymous

    This acquisition is going to be awesome. So many possibilities Google can do now.

    But I am not sure how companies like Samsung, HTC, and others that run Android will like it.

    My guess was that this was a long time coming. Motorola split into 2 divisions not too long ago, and now this announcement. I think they are related

  • Anonymous

    This acquisition is going to be awesome. So many possibilities Google can do now.

    But I am not sure how companies like Samsung, HTC, and others that run Android will like it.

    My guess was that this was a long time coming. Motorola split into 2 divisions not too long ago, and now this announcement. I think they are related