Google has announced that it will buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
This is a defensive move by Google to protect its Android OS and will strengthen Google’s patent portfolio. The acquisition will also make Google’s Android OS easier to compete against Apple, Microsoft and other non-android manufacturers.
Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. was Motorola’s Mobile Device Division until January 4, which also owns about 25,000 patents related to mobiles or cellphones. Google also stated that they were interested in buying the entity along with these patents owned by Motorola.
Among 39 Android OS Mobile manufacturers, Motorola is one of the top Android Mobile sellers with its market share at 7th position in 2010.
But what’s interesting is that Google’s Android OS is also used by manufacturers such as Samsung & HTC. And Motorola is one of the greatest competitor for them in Android OS mobile devices. So, how will companies like Samsung and HTC react to this acquisition by Google, only time will show that.
Google’s CEO Larry Page also said that, after Google’s Motorola acquisition, Android will continue to stay open as how it used to be and stated that Motorola Mobility will run as a separate.
The Google-Motorola acquisition will give Google complete control over Motorola’s hardware, software and services. This will also give a better integration of Android OS on Motorola mobile devices and will strengthen Google to compete with Apple’s iPhone.
“People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware” as quoted by Alan Kay has not only impressed Steve Jobs, but also Google’s Larry Page.