Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion, Android Motorola Razr On The Horizon?

I leave the house for a little bit this morning and the tech world goes bonkers with Google announce a $12.5 billion dollar purchase of Motorola Mobility. Android fans take note as now there is going to be a whole lot of Android love from Motorola and maybe (hopefully) even the destruction of MotoBLUR. You hear that Google, the tech world wants you to destroy MotoBLUR.

Google is spending a whole lot of cash to turn Motorola into a “dedicated Android partner” looking to “supercharge the Android ecosystem.” Of course this is as much about patents as it is about Google looking to grow Android with Motorola’s Intellectual Property a huge reason this deal was put together.

Google CEO Larry Page has this to say:

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

Google of course has said that they remain committed to maintaining an open Android ecosystem and that Motorola will operate as an independent company. In other words Motorola will not become the Google phone and they will still have to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC and LG to manufacturer the next Nexus device.

Google’s manufacturing partners seem upbeat about the deal publicly but one really has to wonder just how excited they are at the prospect of a Google purchase of one of their biggest rivals.

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC:

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

Jong-Seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company:

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

J.K. Shin, President of Samsung Mobile Communications Division:

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

Bert Nordberg, President and CEO of Sony Ericsson:

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

As this story is developing we’ll be updating the post throughout the day!

Google Press

 

 

Full Press Release:

 

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

Combination will Supercharge Android, Enhance Competition, and Offer Wonderful User Experiences

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Aug. 15, 2011 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility 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. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”

Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, “This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world. We have 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.”

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, said, “We expect that this combination will enable us to break new ground for the Android ecosystem. However, our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community. We will continue to work with all of our valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered devices.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the US, the European Union and other jurisdictions, and the approval of Motorola Mobility’s stockholders. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012

Webcast Information

Google and Motorola Mobility will hold a conference call with financial analysts to discuss this announcement today at 8:30am ET. The toll-free dial-in number for the call is 877-616-4476 (conference ID: 92149124). The call will also be webcast live athttp://investor.shareholder.com/media/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=101369&CompanyID=ABEA-3VZHGF&e=1&mediaKey=A21887C59EBAAC12F1BCF4D43C080953. The webcast version of the conference call will be available through the same link following the conference call.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

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  • Diamond_Prince

    W.T.F SAY GOOD BYE TO ANDROID ON OTHER PHONES :/ OR IF NOT MOTOROLA WILL BE GETTING THINGS APPS, UPDATES OR OTHER THINGS MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS FIRST. NOW YOU KNOW THAT SUCKS!!

    • Tito!

      you’re an idiot. you know that.

      • Ortiz

        Prince is right and YOU are the idiot here if you think this is not going to happen.

        • Deff

          if you would read the press release instead of going off running your mouth, google clearly states that they will keep android an open-source operating system. meaning that OTHER phones will KEEP android interfaces and os. apparently google went for motorola because they were going to start to phase into WP7 because they were tired of getting sued by apple for patent infringements and what not. HTC is still google’s favorite child.

        • None

          And certainly no one has even lied in a press release, right?

        • Diamond_Prince

          Thanks “Ortiz”. And “None” your right!! THEY MIGHT SAY THAT NOW BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL CHANGE AND POSSIBLY 1 OR MORE THINGS THAT I SAID WILL COME TRUE. HOPEFULLY NOT I LOVE ANDROID BUT YOU JUST NEVER KNOW THESE DAYS. PPL SAY ANYTHING TO MAKE IT LOOK GOOD OR PERFECT. “LIES” THEY SAY 1 THING AND IN THE END DO THE OPPOSITE. BUT WHO KNOWS IT MIGHT WORK OUT FINE AND IM HOPING IT DOES :D

        • Diamond_Prince

          Thanks “Ortiz”. And “None” your right!! THEY MIGHT SAY THAT NOW BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL CHANGE AND POSSIBLY 1 OR MORE THINGS THAT I SAID WILL COME TRUE. HOPEFULLY NOT I LOVE ANDROID BUT YOU JUST NEVER KNOW THESE DAYS. PPL SAY ANYTHING TO MAKE IT LOOK GOOD OR PERFECT. “LIES” THEY SAY 1 THING AND IN THE END DO THE OPPOSITE. BUT WHO KNOWS IT MIGHT WORK OUT FINE AND IM HOPING IT DOES :D

        • Havoktek

          Really? Caps…??!! If you knew a little somethin’ somthin’ about the industry, you would know that this was a strategic move to…………..
          A. Keep Moto madness from pulling a Microsoft and suing the other Android manufacturers that would in essence undemine the whole Android “open source” environment.B. Straight up get a manufacture that can and will tow the line so other manufactures fall in line via competition against apple. It’s a two man show people, if you think that everyone else is gonna fall in line with the Win7mobile platform with hopes and wishes for it to take hold, then what world you living in?Keep it real and look at the markets of Tech, not the Hype…this is a shrewd move by El Goog….—– Samsung needed it to fight Apple, ——HTC needs it to fight Apple, and out of all of them Moto has the biggest War chest of patents.This is just a Patents war (Clone Wars) people, nothing to see here about phones…..yet!

        • Diamond_Prince

          You said it “yet” like i said eventually something i said will happen see im right ;)

        • Diamond_Prince

          You said it “yet” like i said eventually something i said will happen see im right ;)

        • Havoktek

          Really? Caps…??!! If you knew a little somethin’ somthin’ about the industry, you would know that this was a strategic move to…………..
          A. Keep Moto madness from pulling a Microsoft and suing the other Android manufacturers that would in essence undemine the whole Android “open source” environment.B. Straight up get a manufacture that can and will tow the line so other manufactures fall in line via competition against apple. It’s a two man show people, if you think that everyone else is gonna fall in line with the Win7mobile platform with hopes and wishes for it to take hold, then what world you living in?Keep it real and look at the markets of Tech, not the Hype…this is a shrewd move by El Goog….—– Samsung needed it to fight Apple, ——HTC needs it to fight Apple, and out of all of them Moto has the biggest War chest of patents.This is just a Patents war (Clone Wars) people, nothing to see here about phones…..yet!

        • Anonymous

          There’s really no need to shout. 

        • Anonymous

          There’s really no need to shout. 

        • Anonymous

          first of all quit yelling. and so what if google starts licensing android, manufacturers will go for the best OS and that is not wp7, so quit wishing windows boy

        • Diamond_Prince

          Thanks “Ortiz”. And “None” your right!! THEY MIGHT SAY THAT NOW BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL CHANGE AND POSSIBLY 1 OR MORE THINGS THAT I SAID WILL COME TRUE. HOPEFULLY NOT I LOVE ANDROID BUT YOU JUST NEVER KNOW THESE DAYS. PPL SAY ANYTHING TO MAKE IT LOOK GOOD OR PERFECT. “LIES” THEY SAY 1 THING AND IN THE END DO THE OPPOSITE. BUT WHO KNOWS IT MIGHT WORK OUT FINE AND IM HOPING IT DOES :D

        • None

          And certainly no one has even lied in a press release, right?

        • Havoktek

          Birds of a feather…Dude, that would be suicide to close loop it like Apple, especially…..dun, dun, dun!!!!
          without a HARDWARE manufacturer.

        • Havoktek

          Birds of a feather…Dude, that would be suicide to close loop it like Apple, especially…..dun, dun, dun!!!!
          without a HARDWARE manufacturer.

        • Havoktek

          Birds of a feather…Dude, that would be suicide to close loop it like Apple, especially…..dun, dun, dun!!!!
          without a HARDWARE manufacturer.

        • Havoktek

          Birds of a feather…Dude, that would be suicide to close loop it like Apple, especially…..dun, dun, dun!!!!
          without a HARDWARE manufacturer.

    • 4GorNot4G

      Don’t be to sure, Google wants their search and advertising everywhere, so unless they can pull off the market share that the Iphone has, they are better off keeping their software open to all who want it.

  • http://twitter.com/adanruiz Adan Ruiz

    now if only google would buy tmobile and have a phone manufacturer and carrier all in one

    • Tito!

      amen to that. (:

      #helltoatt

    • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

      That would be epic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

      That would be epic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

      That would be epic.

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    I just wish I had 12 billion to toss around.

  • 4GorNot4G

    Now all we need is for Google to buy T-Mobile and the game will be set!

  • i want a 10.1

    $50 galaxy tab 7. ny only

    bbulani1@yahoo.com

    sorry guys.

  • hilton

    I kinda liked moto blurr.  But then I was a big social media fan and noone else has quite captured what it was like to have my 3 twitter accounts and my facebook be the main focus of the homescreen.  Only thing that broke the deal was the navigation came out and you had to be on android 1.6 to get it and the cliq got stuck on 1.5 til I sold it.  Then i got the Nexus 1 which was first to get everything, but t-mo wouldn’t support.  Then I got the mytouch 3g from insurance when t-mo stopped insuring them.  Next came the Vibrant, which was an update fail, followed by the g2x which was an update fail.  update fail seems to be the main problem, which is why I”m hoping this deal really means Moto phones will be google experience phones that are somewhat standard (less fragmented) and ger reasonably updated.  (really, even tho the phone can prob handle the new features I don’t think any phone should go more than a point upgrade in its lifetime (ie 1.5 to above 2.0).  This is still a business and they make money when u have to upgrade your phone, versus u have one phone that upgrades.  One difference might be if all the phones support all the new features, but they charge for OS updates.

    • Anonymous

      Why would I pay for OS updates when I can run a custom ROM and get regular Android updates as soon as they are released?

    • Anonymous

      Why would I pay for OS updates when I can run a custom ROM and get regular Android updates as soon as they are released?

  • Anonymous

    Hey still need that invite?

  • Anonymous

    Hey still need that invite?

  • Meagan

    Google bought Moto for their patents. We will see what Google actually does with them. Hopefully they don’t wait till their too outdated.

  • Smith

    This only means Google got some outdated patent that doesn’t have that much value for a very expensive price. If you do soem research you will see Motorola patents doesn’t have that much value and not really helping Android.

    Motorola was going down and they wanted to sue other Android OEMs to make some money from them and if they are going down take others with them so Google had no other option that buying them overprice.

    Plus Motorola now has huge advantage over HTC and Samsung and it is not smart for HTC and Samsung to continue with Android OS like before.

    While Motorola has access to lates versions while HTC and Samsung have to wait to see they will get new updates or not. This only makes them look bad in customers eyes.

    This means now HTC and Samsung will not make more Android devices in future.

    HTC and Samsung now have to focus on other OSes like their own OS or Windows Phone. Those OSes now are much better option and more logical for them.