Google Acquires Motorola Mobility To Protect Android

Google’s CEO Larry Page in an official blog post just made an announcement that it plans to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The whole acquisition process is expected to finish by early 2012.

Well, what does this acquisition mean? Is this to protect the whole Android ecosystem? Google just acquired 17,000 patents specifically related to mobile. And we can expect the whole patent lawsuit issues to end in the near future. For those companies that have doubts about supporting Android, Larry Page says –

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

Soon after the acquisition, Google just posted some responses from its other Android partners in its site http://www.google.com/press/motorola/quotes/

Quotes from Android partners

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”

– J.K. Shin

President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division

“I welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

– Bert Nordberg

President & CEO, Sony Ericsson

“We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”

– Peter Chou

CEO, HTC Corp.

“We welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

– Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D

President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company