Google’s planned purchase of Motorola Mobility means the maker of the world’s leading smartphone software is about to become a major player in the mobile phone business. The $12.5 billion acquisition – Google’s largest ever – positions the maker of the Android operating system to take a huge chunk out of Apple’s growing share of the smartphone industry. Android was the best-selling smartphone operating system in the second quarter this year with 43% of the market, according to research company Gartner Inc. Apple’s iPhone, powered by the company’s iOS platform, had an 18% share. “The combination of (Google and Motorola) is going to create tremendous shareholder value, drive great user experiences and accelerate innovation,” Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said Monday. “Motorola also has a strong patent portfolio, which will help protect Android from anticompetitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies,” Page said. The deal gives Google more than 17,000 phone technology patents from Motorola Mobility, which was spun off from the rest of Motorola early this year and has focused on being an Android-based smartphone manufacturer. The deal also puts Google in direct competition with its smartphone clients that use Android, such as Samsung. “Motorola Mobility’s total… Read full this story
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