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Network World - In a company blog post up early this morning, Google CEO Larry Page lays out the rationale for his software company to pay $12.5 billion for a leading maker of Android-based smartphones and tablets.
Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility will "supercharge the Android ecosystem," Page says in the post, but he offers little detail of how, or why, that will actually happen. Android, the mobile operating system shepherded by Google, and now the world's leading smartphone OS, will continue to be "open," Page says. But, again, he doesn't go into details about what that will mean or ways in which it might change.
Finally, Page makes clear that a key part asset in the acquisition is Motorola's extensive patent portfolio. Those patents will help protect Android from "anti-competive" attacks by Apple and Microsoft, Page says.
Here's the text of Page's entire post, which can be also be found on the Google blog:
"Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. 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. Given Android's phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola.
"Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile computing we are all enjoying today. Its many industry milestones include the introduction of the world's 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. I have loved my Motorola phones from the StarTAC era up to the current DROIDs.
"In 2008, Motorola bet big on Android as the sole operating system across all of its smartphone devices. It was a smart bet and we're thrilled at the success they've achieved so far. We believe that their mobile business is on an upward trajectory and poised for explosive growth.
"Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space.
"Motorola's total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.