Google is attempting to purchase Motorola Mobility, the
maker of Motorola mobile handsets, for $12.5 billion,
pending FTC approval, as well as other worldwide
the deal goes through, Google, who will maintain
Motorola Mobility as a separate entity, will align
themselves with Apple in that they will be making
the devices that run their own operating system.
They will also own the more than 16,000 patents
owned by Motorola, which may help avoid some future
legal action from competitors.
Google CEO Larry Page said, "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."
Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility commented, "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."
I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this all
works itself out, but they must be scrambling today at
HTC, LG, Sony and Samsung.