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Google is buying Motorola for $12.5 billion

This is big news! Google is buying Motorola Mobility, the mobile phone division of Motorola for an estimated $12.5 billion.

Motorola was one of the first handset manufacturers to use Android in their handsets and has been somewhat successful in the US market.

In an announcement over at the Google blog, Google CEO Larry Page writes:

The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences. I am confident that these great experiences will create huge value for shareholders.

I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.

We should be seeing a dedicated Google+Motorola Android phone very soon. This will also mean the next Google Nexus phone will be a Motorola handset and we will say goodbye to HTC and Sammy or LG as a potential carrier.

This is also probably the reason why that come-back to the Philippine market has been put on indefinite delay.

The other division, Motorola Solutions, will be retained by the company (we featured some of their products here before).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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39 Responses

  1. Jerome says:

    If this is true, the patent wars would shift in favor of Google. Patent trolls beware!

    • Pinoy Persuasion says:

      Hail to El Goog! I hope that Steve Jobs gets to outer space with his “Space Ship” of a campus along with his fanboys!

  2. weee!! will this mean a faster upgrade in terms of motorola softwares? :)

  3. John says:

    Does this mean that I can’t own a Razr anymore? I’ve always wanted to have a Razr more than an iPhone.

  4. nexusyeah says:

    O yeah! i bet the next nexus phone will be with motorola! SANA gawa sila ng parang Defy+Nexus I’d buy that!

  5. 21 says:

    In terms of quality phones Moto is like Nokia.. please make your phones available worldwide… Sr. Abe, make a review of Moto Defy.

    • clam says:

      Motorola Defy is an excellent phone trust me. You can’t go wrong. Currently in that price it’s a wise choice if you know what I’m talking about.

  6. clam says:

    I just recently love Motorola. (I bought Motorola Defy) Now I will love it more and be proud because of this.

  7. roiji says:

    LG, Samsung, HTC, ang mas lugi dito…
    I wonder if Google will sue the 3 manufacturers of Android for Android. @[email protected]

    this could also mean that Motorola Mobility won’t release phones with WP7 anymore, as other rumors suggest..

    this also means that Google’s target on patent portfolio isn’t Nortel (6k), nor InterDigital(9k), but Motorola Mobility’s (17k) [aside from the 1k patents that Google bought from IBM, and the 700 that they already owned]

    I hope this will push through for the good of the consumers. I love Motorola.

    • lilboyblue says:

      i dont think google would be suing other droid manufacturers. google made the android platform as an open platform. and in a recent statement by Andy Rubin, he said google would stay open and they’d be backing up all droid developers and phone manufacturers with regard to the patent issues.

  8. cy the man says:

    will there be motoblur or motoblur no more? anyways, it will be good for future motorola users for sure updates. =)

  9. jonjon says:

    No matter how the other manufacturers hail it as a good news for Android, it does in fact make them uncomfortable w/ this google’s latest move.

    buti si sammy may Bada OS na pang fall back. LOL!

  10. Wakocoke says:

    Google is buying Motorola Mobility for its 17,000 patents. To fend off patent trolls *cough MS Apple cough*

  11. Iyan Sommerset says:

    I hope this isn’t going to negatively impact the Android experience for non-Motorola Android phones/devices.

  12. ganar dinero says:

    I’m inclined to think that in spite of Google claiming that the acquisition was forced by MS and Apple (which is probably true to a degree), Moto Mobility’s reference to suing other Android OEMs may have done a whole lot in pushing Google over the line.

    As they say, the greatest threat is the one that lies within. Page is incredibly smart. There’s no way on earth Google would let anyone even consider the possibility of Android vs. Android litigation. That would result in Android’s colossal downfall. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Sanjay Jha played this card to expedite sealing the deal. That would be very brilliant of him.

    Business-wise, I don’t think this was the best of moves for Google at all. From a lifetime’s worth of business experience, such moves have often created so much segregation and anger. Things have certainly become very interesting.

    • sylv3rblade says:

      From a business standpoint, I think Google lead Apple-soft into buying Nortel’s patent folio. Tapos they bought out Motorola which clearly is a bigger stash.. lol

  13. bolero says:

    Have a Motorola Droid and I hate it.

  14. Paul says:

    Dell is going to buy Samsung (News) |
    http:/ /bit.ly/j kelng

  15. razorous says:

    And here it is.

    Motorola DEFY+ | http://bit.ly/qzQav5

    In the same day, Google buy Motorola Mobility and Motorola Mobility launch DEFY+ smartphone…

  16. ronsterrr says:

    next question is, how will Google use those patents to counter Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle?

    And the plot thickens…

  17. Edz says:

    soobrang pasabog tong ginawa ng google, hehe its all about patent war HTC, Samsung, LG, SE reacted about Google-Motorola acquisition

  18. Mike says:

    Wise move by GOOGLE because Android is now #1 mobile OS. Meaning more business opportunities for them both software and hardware. However, when it comes to hardware innovations, super amoled +, SOC processors & every other parts of smartphone are being produced by Asian manufacturers (Samsung, LG, HTC). So, the best & brightest in technology is now in Asia.

  19. Mat says:

    “We should be seeing a dedicated Google+Motorola Android phone very soon. This will also mean the next Google Nexus phone will be a Motorola handset and we will say goodbye to HTC and Sammy or LG as a potential carrier.”

    This statement may be inaccurate as seen on CNN Money:


    “In fact, Motorola will be so separate from Google that it will have to bid to become the maker of the Nexus device, the flagship Android smartphone that comes out annually during the winter holiday season. Google receives bids and proposals from various handset manufacturers to make the device, and the company said Motorola will not automatically win the rights to make the next Nexus phone.”

    Other companies will still be able to bid for the rights to create the next NEXUS phone.

    • yuga says:

      @mat – of course Google will say that, lest they scare off all other partners.

    • Mat says:

      It may be good business sense for Google to say that, but its also good business sense to keep their word.

      We dont know how bidding for rights to create the Nexus phone is like, but taking a look at other good bidding practices, companies and partners will know if something shady is happening. Checks and balances actually work. Also, its good business sense to take money in rather than recycling it within (e.g. taking money from Samsung/HTC/Whoever vs. Motorola)

      Seeing that some companies have more cash that Motorola (Motorola is number 8 in market share among major manufacturers in Q2), having a fair bidding process also favor Google.

      To sum it up, while it is possible for Motorola to get the rights to create the next Nexus phone, it’s not a fair assumption that it will automatically happen. Especially if the companies in question have released statements that say so.

  20. William T says:

    It’s a smart move from Google. $12B might seem expensive, but I think the patents alone would be worth that much, if the Nortel patents will be used as yardstick. The Motorola patents will also more likely refers to handsets and the like, unlike Nortel’s which I think will be more on networks.

    Eventually, I could see Google selling the handset part of the business and keeping the patents, with a perpetual license to whoever buy the handset business.

    Now, Google could dare all comers to sue them… except maybe Oracle…

  21. goodha says:

    with this deal, their next phone will be nicknamed:



  22. fboi says:

    ???sound painfully cheap.

  23. Mikhail says:

    “This will also mean the next Google Nexus phone will be a Motorola handset and we will say goodbye to HTC and Sammy or LG as a potential carrier.”

    Sir Abe, any other article to support this statement? I’d be happy to see the next Nexus with Motorola, better build quality compared to Samsung.

  24. Anonymous says:

    why is everyone here celebrating?
    didn’t you know before this buying business by el-Goog, Motorola almost killed the Android ecosystem by trying to sue other Manufacturers over their infringed patents

    Motorola the Android killer.. well almost..

  25. jomar says:

    Wow it’s going to be Google/Motorola vs Apple vs Nokia/Microsoft vs Samsung

  26. daniel says:

    naghihintay ako magmura ung samsung phones tapos biglang binili ng Google ung Motorola… another year of wait to wait and see ano ang difference ng android phones made by google and made by samsung :)

  27. RJ says:

    Probably this is the reason why Samsung hired Steve Kondik.

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