In an absolutely astounding move announced by its CEO Larry Page, Google has purchased Motorola's consumer handset division
, Motorola Mobility.
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 and Google have recently been at-odds in a dispute over Google forcing Motorola
to drop the SkyHook location database in favour of their own. While some may say it's an easy way to win a lawsuit, Google makes it very clear as to the true reason for the buy-out.
Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property...
They go on to talk about the recent 'anti-competitive' pursuit of a consortium lead by Microsoft and Apple to obtain patents from the sale of Nortel, a consortium which they were offered to be part of only to refuse and go it alone. This is a huge move by Google to cement Android's position in the smartphone marketplace, and I would expect to see trademark and patent lawsuits such as this
to be commonplace. promoted forum item