With the idea of promote Android as an open platform and ensure competition against companies like Apple and Microsoft, Google has acquired Motorola Mobility for the amount of $12.5 Billion.
In an open letter from the official Google blog, Larry Page explains the reasons why this acquisition took place, noting that Motorola is a leader in solutions for home and business, which could open more fields of interaction for Android in home products.
Senior vice-president of Mobile at Google, Andy Rubin, said:
“We expect that this combination will enable us to break new ground for the Android ecosystem. However, our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community. We will continue to work with all of our valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered devices.”
Now, as the result of this alliance we are going to see a lot of new devices for sure, including home devices, businesses gadgets and lets hope that areas like education and medicine also get some benefit from this alliance.
Although it remains a big question about it: Why not LG, Samsung or HTC with which Google launched their first phone?
Maybe it is because the vision of Android as an open platform for every day is better served by Motorola’s patent portfolio, which are roughly 14600 issued and still have others 6700 waiting for approval, besides the 150 million smartphones already in the market.
If you have any opinion about it, feel free to use the comments to express it.