On Monday (15 / 8), Google announced the acquisition of Motorola Mobility – division of the company’s mobile devices – for $ 12.5 billion.
Motorola is already a major partner in the use of Google’s Android operating system, various equipment used in the company, including Xoom, which was the first tablet to use this platform.
The purchase of hardware companies is not common at Google. In a statement, the company said “the acquisition will enable the improvement in the Android ecosystem.”
In a post on Google’s official blog, the company’s CEO, Larry Page, said: “The acquisition of Motorola will increase competitiveness and strengthen Google’s patent portfolio, which should allow better protect Android anti-competitive practices Microsoft, Apple and other companies. ” According to Page, the patent war waged between different companies would be one of the practices that could harm the development of the operating system.
As for steps of the acquisition, the CEO of Google said that Android will remain an open platform, meaning it can be used by any manufacturer. Furthermore, he assured that Motorola will continue to operate as a separate company.