Google made a big announcement on Monday, 15 August that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Google founder and CEO, Larry Page, posted on Google blog, “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.”
Though it is Google’s one of the biggest acquisitions in 2011, it’s not a surprise they choose Motorola. Google really needed a hardware manufacturing partner for their Android devices. Now, they can have better control over the devices and can speed up plans of forthcoming systems. There is no need to find third party hardware vendors like Samsung, Acer etc.
Motorola is in the business of mobility and communication technology since last 80 years. In 2008, Motorola decided to use Android as an operating system for their devices and they had a huge success so far.
Google also added that this deal will not affect Android license. It will remain open as before. Now, they are in better position to fight anti-competitive patent war against Apple and Microsoft.