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Google CEO: Motorola deal made to protect Android from Microsoft, Apple

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Aug 2011 8:46

Google CEO: Motorola deal made to protect Android from Microsoft, Apple Larry Page gives details in blog post following announcement.
Google and Motorola Mobility announced yesterday that a $12.5 billion acquisition of the Motorola unit, by Google, was agreed. In the press information released, Google said it would run Motorola Mobility as a separate business, and that it would remain dedicated to Android as an open platform, continuing to work with mobile partners.

Larry Page took to the Official Google Blog to tell the world how the acquisition would supercharge the Android operating system, and to reaffirm the commitment to an open Android. He also squeezed in a couple of remarks about other companies that Google recently lashed out at over their patent strategies.

"Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies," Page said in the post.

Google said previously that Microsoft, Apple and others were banding together in an anti-competitive patent attack on Android. He also mentioned in the blog that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had to intervene in the results of a recent patent auction, and is currently looking into the results of the Nortel patent auction.

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