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Google buys Motorola

Internet search engine giant Google has bought the mobile phone company Motorola Mobility, for $12.5 billion.

Motorola Mobility was set up as a separate company in January this year, to look after all of Motorola’s mobile phone business – which has now been acquired by Google.

Motorola has over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, which has helped drive the development of the mobile phones today. This includes the introduction of the world’s first portable phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC—the smallest and lightest phone on earth at time of launch.

In 2008, Motorola started using Android as the sole operating system across all of its smartphones. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open

– where Google will still run the mobile phone company as a separate business.Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “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.”

Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, “ We have [already] 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.”

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile phones with a deeper integration of Android and hardware – in the same vein as we’re expecting to see with Nokia and Microsoft, in their upcoming handsets.

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