Monday, February 13th 2012

Google to Buy Motorola Mobility

Today Fox Business is reporting U.S. and European regulators approved Google Inc's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Monday and said they would keep a sharp eye on the web search giant to ensure patents critical to the telecom industry would be licensed at fair prices. The U.S. Justice Department also approved an Apple Inc -led consortium's purchase of a trove of patents from bankrupt Canadian company Nortel Networks.Both the Justice Department and European antitrust authorities said that they would monitor how patents are used to ensure they comply with antitrust rules. Antitrust enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic are concerned that patents essential to ensuring communications devices sold by different companies work together are licensed for a reasonable fee.


"The (Justice Department's antitrust) division will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action to stop any anticompetitive use of SEP (standard essential patent) rights," the department said in a statement. Google, whose Android software is the top operating system for Internet-enabled smart phones, said in August that it would buy phone-maker Motorola for its 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications, as it looks to compete with rivals such as Apple and defend itself and Android manufacturers in patent litigations.

The deal will give Google one of the mobile phone industry's largest patent libraries, as well as hardware manufacturing operations that will allow Google to develop its own line of smart phones.Google, the newest major entrant to the mobile market, is already being sued for patent infringement by Oracle Corp , which is seeking up to $6 billion.
The legal battles over patents between various technology and smartphone firms has prompted the European Commission to open an investigation into legal tactics used by Samsung Electronics against Apple and whether these breach EU antitrust rules.

Google's move to buy Motorola Mobility came shortly after it tried and failed to buy Nortel's patents. The winner was an Apple-led consortium, which includes Research in Motion Ltd, Microsoft Corp, EMC Corp, Ericsson and Sony Corp, which agreed in July to pay $4.5 billion for 6,000 patents and patent applications.Source: Fox Business
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19 Comments on Google to Buy Motorola Mobility

#1
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Many in the face from DannibusX. Thanks!
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#2
m1dg3t
Ahhhh the mobile market is starting to heat up! Go GOOGLE :)
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#3
DannibusX
All of your face are belong to us.
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
anyone else sick of all the mobile phone BS between all these companies?
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#5
Batou1986
by: Mussels
anyone else sick of all the mobile phone BS between all these companies?
Yes

They do both make a great product i like my Android because im a geek but i would get an iPhone for my mom.
I wish they put half as much energy into making a better product as they do trying to screw each other under the table.

Remember Cupcake 1.5 android?
That was a joke compared to iOS in its time the problem is Apple hasn't been keeping up so they try to sue everyone.
Functionality is leaps and bounds better then even the 4S on my Captivate ICS and i payed 100 bucks for it almost 2 years ago, abit lacking on speed due to its age.

Now moto needs to make something besides the razor for AT&T tho I will prob stick with Samsung can't beat rhino glass
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#6
1freedude
by: Mussels
anyone else sick of all the mobile phone BS between all these companies?
No.

I love how Samsung and Apple got in the story.

The Motorola Q was my first smartphone, now I'm running ICS!
I hope T-Mobile keeps their act together so I can use some of the Google/Motorola goodness.
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#7
m1dg3t
by: Mussels
anyone else sick of all the mobile phone BS between all these companies?
The legal stuff i can do without, but the competition is great! Make's the end product better for all of us ;)
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#8
Mussels
Moderprator
i meant the legal stuff blocking innovation.

suing over rounded corners and slide to unlock? that stuff just shits me to no end.
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#9
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
I am scared. This is the end of the human race:(
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#10
Red_Machine
But that's the thing, there is no competition. Every time someone tries to compete with Apple, they get their asses sued for patent infringement and their products banned from sale.

It's even worse with tablets. In order for Samsung's Galaxy Tab to be sold, Apple demanded they remove pretty much everything that made it better than an iPad. Which leaves Samsung unable to compete and Apple still top dog. It's terrible.
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
cant wait to buy a google branded android phone
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#12
NdMk2o1o
:confused: Isn't this old news? sure I heard about this weeks ago, it could have been news they were planning it or it was awaiting the go-ahead though, can't quote remember. Either way I wonder how this will affect the current handset manufacturers who use Android OS never mind Apple.
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#13
DannibusX
Sort of old news. The new news is that it got past regulatory hurdles.

Well, if you read past the headline.
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
by: NdMk2o1o
:confused: Isn't this old news? sure I heard about this weeks ago, it could have been news they were planning it or it was awaiting the go-ahead though, can't quote remember. Either way I wonder how this will affect the current handset manufacturers who use Android OS never mind Apple.
this puts google on par with apple. they make the hardware and OS. they can set a standard design/layout/apps etc for other phones and 3rd party apps to follow, starting to unify android.

apples worst nightmare is a competent, unified front of competitors.
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#15
DRDNA
Look out Apple and HTC...Here come the next giant....With their own hardware they will be able to fix the security issue in Android in no time.
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#16
Depth
Google is getting REALLY big.

Once they start doing military contracts we're all fucked.
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#17
mechtech
I have said it before and I will say it again.

Intel
Apple
MS &
Google

will end up owning pretty much everything (tech) 5-10 more years down the road.
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#18
KieranD
by: Mussels
cant wait to buy a google branded android phone
Samsung made the Nexus S which was Google branded.
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#19
m1dg3t
by: Mussels
i meant the legal stuff blocking innovation.

suing over rounded corners and slide to unlock? that stuff just shits me to no end.
Ya cock blocking is shit no matter where it happen's, but hater's are gonna hate so i doubt it'll go away :(

by: Mussels
cant wait to buy a google branded android phone
by: KieranD
Samsung made the Nexus S which was Google branded.
Yep! A great handset from what i can tell, i was going to get it but then the Hercules came out so i was like "Oh yeah! epeen!" :rockout:

As my carrier say's: "The future is friendly". It truly is and by the look's of it it's only gonna get friendlier :) Thank you Samsung, Google, Android and everyone else who is NOT Apple :o
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