Looks like Google is serious about this whole Android thing. The search giant has coughed up $12.5 billion to purchase Motorola Mobility. Whoa.
As Google's blog post on the subject points out, Motorola was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, an industry group dedicated to developing Android as an open platform for mobile devices. After acquiring one of its biggest handset partners, Google remains committed to keeping Android open. Motorola will be run as a separate company, and it will license Android just like everyone else.
Picking up Motorola expands Google's patent portfolio, which the company says will allow it to better defend Android from "anti-competitive patent attacks." Google's other Android partners sounds like they're in favor of the move—at least officially. Engadget has comments from the heads of HTC, LG, and Sony Ericsson that all praise Google for stepping up to defend Android and its partners. I wonder what they really think.
Interestingly, Google mentions in its blog post that Motorola is a "market leader in home devices and video solutions." This acquisition may have implications that go beyond the realm of smartphones and tablets.
|1. BIF - $340||2. chasp_0 - $251||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. Ryu Connor - $250||5. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||6. aeassa - $175|
|7. dashbarron - $150||8. Captain Ned - $100||9. Anonymous Gerbil - $100|
|10. Bill Door - $100|
|We beat the heat for food and fun at the "second-10th" TR BBQ||8|
|Adata covers all of its bases with fast, durable external SSDs||0|
|MSI's Radeon RX 480 Gaming family will arrive in mid-August||9|
|Verizon nabs most of Yahoo for $4.8 billion||10|
|TR BBQ Day Shortbread||29|
|Watch the "second-10th" TR BBQ live in 360 degrees right now||12|
|G.Skill hooks up the TR BBQ with some giveaway goodies||15|
|Samsung's Portable SSD T3 reviewed||8|
|We threw a Minecraft party to test Samsung's Gear VR headset||10|
|I'll...just review the thin air on my desk where a GTX 1060 would fit, since that's what we have.||+122|