Google Buys Motorola Mobility

Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion

Early this year, Motorola divided into two sectors. Motorola Mobility focused on consumer-grade devices and Motorola Solutions focused on enterprise-grade devices and services. Today, Google agreed to by Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, allowing them to gain valuable intellectual property and a stronger connection to the handset business.

The deal will allow Google to protect its beloved Android operating system and partners against the rising legal opposition from Apple and others. However, the deal also causes some confusion—will Google be competing against some of its partners?

Google will now be able to play a much larger role in the design and manufacturing of handsets, but “Our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community” Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google, said today in a statement. “We will continue to work with all of our valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered devices.”

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