Google's official blog post announces Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
8/15/2011 04:35:00 AM
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 toacquire Motorola.
Motorola has more than Smartphones.
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.
And Google gets Motorola's mobile patents.
We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to “protect competition and innovation in the open source software community” and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction. 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.
I knew I would see Google people when I went to GigaOm Mobilize. Glad I am going and decided to go to Mobilize instead of another data center conference.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011 AT 8:10AM
Going to a data center show I frequently find I spend more time networking than watching the presentations. So to learn some new things I saw that GigaOm has aMobilize conference in SF, Sept 26-27 that I decided to attend.