Google is to buy Motorola Mobility for 12.5 Billion Dollars, mobile phone division. Google’s reason? To protect Android from patent attacks. How? Motorola phones existent since 1973 has 17,000 telecommunication technology patents 7,500 on the process. These will provide Google a barrier from those patent sues.
Motorola is one of those who first manufactured Android handsets. They say this will only perplex the current issues on patent wars. Understandably, Google will favor Motorola in the long run than Samsung, LG or HTC. This could be the reason why Samsung hired Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod community to have a head start in the Android innovation.
Google CEO Larry Page expresses his thoughts at the official 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.
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.”
It is expected that the next Nexus is gonna be a Motorola. I wonder how it will look like. Personally I really don’t like Moto’s designs which are flimsy to my eyes compared to other carriers which are modernized. But with Google on the watch, perhaps Moto would come up with a very good and edgy design. I guess I just have to wait for my next potential phone, probably Motorola Nexus Phone.