Google has announced that they will be purchasing Motorola Mobility in a deal worth $12.5 billion, and will mean that Google will now been in the hardware business for Android smartphones and tablets.
Motorola has produced a range of smartphones and a tablet, the Motorola Xoom which use Google’s Android OS, and the deal will come as a surprise to many, and probably Google’s other manufacturing partners who produce smartphones using Google’s Android.
Google’s CEO Larry Page had the following to say about the deal, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”
And Motorolas CEO Sanjay Jha also talked about the deal and had the following to say about it “This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world. We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses.”
We wonder how Google’s other Android producers will take the news, as the acquisition of Motorola by Google will put them in direct competition with other Android devices, for a platform which Google controls.
Source Business Wire