Google to Acquire Motorola for $12.5 Billion

The Internet giant is all set to make its next big move. Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for an whooping amount of $12.5 Billion, sources say. This is basically in the interest of protecting Android, the mobile OS from Google from other tech giants like Apple,Microsoft and others.


Recently, Google accused that Microsoft and Apple are joining hands and are trying to curb Android’s growth. Microsoft and Apple were recently acquiring lot of patents and companies with those patents, for creating legal threats to the Android community. To prevent this and to strengthen the Android ecosystem, Google has made this big move of acquiring Motorola Mobility.

The Android ecosystem is huge. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide—with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day—through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. So with the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Google can face the patent attack on Android in a much comfortable arena.

Motorola has shipped 4.4 million smartphones and 440,000 tablets in the second quarter of 2011. Despite of having top hardware and Android as the operating system, Motorola Mobility had always faced troubles in terms of sales numbers. The company had faced tough times in past and Google has held its hand.

This acquisition won’t provide special rights for Motorola over the Android operating system. Motorola will be treated just like the other Android licensees like Samsung, HTC, LG and others. Even after acquisition Motorola mobility will operate as a separate operation unit.

Google seems more interested in the 17,000 patents owned and 7,500 pending patents from Motorola Mobility. And post-acquisition, Google indeed would be making best of all those patents in future devices – smartphones, tablets and set-top box devices. These would help Google get an advantageous position in the patent war.

Nexus Prime

The successor of the Nexus S, The Nexus Prime which will sport the Ice Cream Sandwich update will be possibly be developed by Motorola. Motorola is also rumored to be on the process of creating a successor to Xoom with a 4:3 aspect ratio based portrait orientation like the Apple iPad 2.

Motorola, founded 80 years ago were the inventors of the first portable cell phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC—the smallest and lightest phone on earth at time of launch. In 2007, Motorola was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance that worked to make Android the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices.

The acquisition of Motorola by Google is indeed a big news. Google is expected to complete the transaction of acquiring Motorola Mobility by the end of this year. Google has made a wise move in protecting Android from the anti-competitive patent attacks from companies like Apple and Microsoft.

Now begins a new era in the mobile computing sector and that of Android.

Your Thoughts

What do you think about this acquisition ? Do you think what Google has done is right ? What do you think about the anti-competitive patent attacks by Apple and Microsoft ? Do you think Android can stand past all this and continue to be the most used mobile OS ? Well, comment guys !


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