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Well this is a bit of a surprise. It's been revealed this morning that Google has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility, the part of the Motorola that's responsible for all those Android smartphones and tablets we obsess over, for a total of $12.5 billion. Google says that the acquisition of Motorola will help it to "supercharge the Android ecosystem" and will "enhance competition in mobile computing." Google has said that Motorola will remain a licensee of Android, that Android will remain open, and that that Moto will be run as a separate business. The deal is still subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

To say that this news took some folks off-guard this morning would be a bit of an understatement. However, if Google could snap up any Android manufacturer, Motorola would probably be higher up on its list. Moto has been all Android, all the time for a while now, and the original DROID on Verizon is one of the devices that helped make Android what it is today. There are still a number of questions circulating around this deal, but more should be revealed later today and in the months leading up to the deal's approval. The full press release is available below.

UPDATE: In case you were wondering how other Android device manufacturers were feeling about the Google-Motorola (or Googlerola) deal, some quotes from the heads of HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and LG have been posted on Google's website. Find them below:

“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

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

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

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and LIBERTYVILLE, IL – AUGUST 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 at http://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 Google Inc.

Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. 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.

Via Google


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Tally K Blu One more step in Android world domination. >;]
Jason King If Google can produce a stock solid device thru Moto i think this will be a major game changer ... also Goole make sure there are not glitches ... Moto is famous for glitches ..
David Kimberlin nom nom. good move indeed
Teron Facey I knew it was bound to happen. A company was going to buy them sooner or later. Instead of buying Nortel Apple should have bought them due to their portfolio.
Wilberto Ortiz their android os and own hatdware? sounds like a Blackberry CLONE....
ShehrYar Asghar nooo i enjoyed motorola
David Nichter A software company with their own hardware. Does that sound familiar? I think it will help with integration. Look for some cool phones this time next year.
Nathan Wright You can polish (Google) a turd (Motorola) all you want but at the end of the day its still a turd.
Arcadeon Knight I'm loving this!!!!!
Grant Young Sounds like a good move
Lee Maxwell LUV this quote I read in the comments: Sounds like someone over at Google has taken just about enough of this sh*t."
Erman Guido More Droids to come!!!
Jacob Lloyd best news yet for Android.
Thad Thomas Better than apple which wants to shut down all android products and have only one phone and one tablet using apples ios
Cameron Cardona Umm can they buy AT&T next?
Pete Perry It is awesome and will Save Android! Also, there's No bloatware in stock Android Either!
Brandon Ricker surprise and like alot be nice to see what future devices moto produces in the coming months
Stiven Cabrera I'm waiting for the day when Google acquires the world.
KyuHo Lee Well ,... Not bad
BadaBing BadaBoom Nice Step !!!! Now we know hier will build the next Nexus !! Dont we ?????!!!!?????
Jonathan Recinos NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I wanted a SAMOLED HD Nexus phone, not this Motorola garbage.
Tim Timmy Timothy @ Le Mar...Easy on the noob lol ;)
Adrian Salazar Jr. I'm guessing maybe Google wants to manufacture it own devices like Apple does? If so wonder if other manufacturers will still create Android handsets. I would preferably would have liked to see a HTC purchase instead of Motorola...
Anonymous @Rajesh So now they can create a phone they designed without having to seek approval from the respective company who's creating it?
Rajesh Ramsaroop They bought them for patents and to defend android, I don't know why everyone is expecting something to come out of it.
Darryl Mouzone If Google buys Android?! Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!! In that case I wonder if Apple is going to buy iOS. Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!! Omg I can't stop laughing at that!
Adam Fontaine Don't really care actually. Maybe they'll be able to make better phones now.
Blank EL Johnson Dude said "IF GOOGLE BUYS ANDROID"........ROTFLMAO! !!!!!!
Amanda Mekoleske @Richard Android is Google
Blank EL Johnson Great move.. I've loved my HTC Android, but Motorola has peeked my interest ... can't wait to get my hands on a phone with internal memory and SD slot.... Movies / music and many other unnecessary things to burn up space.....lol
Hamlin Rozario I guess i could see a new "MOTONEXUS" and "Xoom Nexus Tablet" Next year ...but motorola is crap !!!
Anonymous @Richard Are you trolling or are you an idiot? Android already belongs to Google...
Lincoln Milsna *Dislike*
Kevin Dunn @Richard , I partly agree with you, google has become way to powerful, it's scary we even use google phones, I'm still sketchy about why apple needs all my personal data , but their is not any bloatware in iOS , stocks , weather, some people use these apps and would be pissed if they weren't included.
Daniel Liendl Very clever step!
Justin Cartier Better phones
Bas Verhoog It's only Motorola Mobility, their phone branch
Israel Leiva Awesome! Android saved Motorola from becoming another Nokia.
Richard Mccarthy that's boozie, no reason for them to buy them. Google is just going to keep on buyin other companies, there becoming a superpower. I say shut google down there currupt. Also if google buys android then its going to be closed source like apple and fill it with lots of bloatware and privacy invading crap.
Kevin Dunn @Benjamin yes they sue , but they have the some of the greatest products , if it wasn't for the iPhone, the smartphone wouldn't be what it is today, and none of us would give a crap about this topic, @jermey apple has more money than google so they can play the bully.
Hansel Starley They probably got scared, because Motorola said Microsoft that it wanted to make Windows Phones. Come on Google, stop that uncompetitive bullshit and let me have Google features on my WP7, You guys can even let MS make the youtube app, you guys suck.
Ben OHalloran R.I.P Blur... or the stuff of nerd-mares Blur becoming standard Android. We know who's making the Nexus 3.
Enrique Martinez there goes WindowsPhone... and maybe iOS too why not?
Scott Sutherland This is bad because now that's one less phone company to compete with apple
Anonymous Actually, I'd be more excited if they bought HTC or Samsung...The last few motorola androids weren't exactly awesome beyond believe...
Jeremey Perkins Who needs to sue for patents when we can just buy companies and get the patents with it. - Google
Jon Willis I don't think I like what this might mean for android. Is this a move that will close android to other manufacturers? Having such a wide variety of devices was always androids strength and weakness.
Jon Jerico Calanio - Over 17,000 patents to fend off patent trolls like Apple, to be freely used by any of its partners i.e. Samsung, HTC - More direct control of hardware for better optimization with Android OS - Google will have a reliable manufacturer of upcoming Nexus and vanilla Android reference devices
Justin A Malakhow And what, might I ask, does Google know about building hardware? Motorola has been doing it for decades.
Terrance BlessingsGranted Maxwell Google all the way baby!
Kevin Dunn Apple isn't going to die, they have to much money, and to many fans, they could buy the u.s if they wanted to.
Hendrick Equis M for now positive we will see in a year
Justin A Malakhow One evil corporation gobbles up another evil corporation.
Austin Montiel Hernandez Its about time.
Anonymous I guess we now know who's creating the new nexus
Anil Oztuncer It's a smart move by Google to stay out of patent lawsuits and also prevent Moto from collecting royalties - therefore pushing other manufacturers away from Android.
Terence Horsman Smart move google. Almost every manufacturer is thinking about swtiching to WP7. They're simply done with getting sued by Apple. So now at least one manufacturer will always use Google Android.
Anonymous Time for Apple to die....
Michael Miller Bleh. Motorola is garbage.
Michael Stewart when the att-mobile deal falls through they'll buy t-mo USA next.
Marcelo Gutemberg DeSouza I feel sorry for those who think Google will keep the company open... tHEY WILL SHUT IT DOWN AND INVEST IN HTC
Kevin Dunn If they would of bought out tmobile we would see a lot more android, and no one has enough money to buy apple, apple has more money than the senate.
John J Volk I've owned the First Droid and now the R2 D2 Star Wars Droid 2. I prefer Motorola over other manufacturers for smartphone. If I were to buy a Tablet it would be a Xoom. Smart move on Google's part. I don't understand why Motorola Mobility was having so much trouble, they make a superior product. Sure Samsung comes out with innovative additions but Samsung as a whole is one of the worst companies in the world for tech equipment (monitors, hard drives etc.). They produce junk.
Josue Cifuentes I heard its gonna be called googlerola lmao
Wutthichai Rit-Uan Love you Google :)
Stuart Brewer Moto has always been one of the best handset manufacturers IMO, so this is very good news for Google. Also their Blur UI is one of the best, so they are a good match. However my Motorola Q running Windows Mobile 5 is still one of my all-time favorite phones, and it saddens me to think there will never be a Motorola WP7 device.
Tom Chavira I'll only be excited when Google aquires Apple.
Evan Wambamthankyoumam Tables can always be turned and you can be surprised by something you never thought you would be, so don't judge a book by it's cover...wait n see what happens, i'm sure they had a good reason on why they invested on a deal like this. Besides, google has the world in the palm of they're hands, whats there to worry about.
Malik Brock Wait a minute! So if Google owns Motorola doesn't that mean there might be more Google features to come? We have Google Maps, Voice, Talk, Gmail, Shopper, and more what else is there now that Motorola is under Googles wing?
Gordon Christie Cool maybe they should buy apple next
Marcelo Gutemberg DeSouza Terrible news. One less company pushing competition to the next level. Any takeover reduces geniality.
Ryan Cheng what i think? I THINK THEY SHOULD START CREATING UPTDATES FOR MY MILESTONE2!
Anthony Mitchell "this is a big fuckin deal" joe biden voice lol but now apple has some serious competition.
Ban Lin Good job :-)!!
Josue Cifuentes Google should buy tmo also
Matt Jackson Definately doesn't hurt!
Jason Soja I think getting a better patent portfolio will allow them to keep on innovating. I don't see that it will change the OS very much, but it should keep them out of some lawsuits for a while. Hopefully this will keep the prices down on handsets.
Kevin Dunn Google is a monopoly.
Alan Xenos Maybe no more BLUR? That would KICK ASS
Matthew Joseph Rooney Well webtop just went out the window
Johnny Torres Google needs to buy Tmobile now.
Josh Wakes Motorola wasn't too active. Google is already taking everything, making a few things a living hell for other companies. We shall see what they bring with Motorola.
Daniel Edwards This is shocking! for once I'm actually caught off guard when it comes to predicting movements in the tech industry.
Elizabeth Thugluv Stevenson M0re android f0r M0t0r0la ph0nes..yay
Malik Brock So Google now owns Motorola? Hmm sweet!! So that means no matter what Motorola device is made next will will be associated with Google? Sounds great.
Andrew Veale And nothing of value was gained
Roney Desousa Was surprised but hopefully they can improve motoblur and such
Isaac Artis I'm excited on getting.a Photon so it should Stay updated.
Brian K Andrews WHOA! That'll be a MAJOR game-changer! WTG GOOGLE!!!! :)
Alex Toma Android++
Ken Humphlett No more MotoBlur?
Nathan SP Good move




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