This morning while having breakfast I was reading the news, as I always do. I found out about a very good news and a very interesting news. The very good news is that there will be a 4th Austin Powers movie – hooray! – and the interesting news is the one I talk about here…

Google has reached an agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility for 12500$ million. With this operation Google is aiming to strengthen its mobile OS Android. The operation comes after a series of disputes on patents that Google went through recently and after the unsuccessful attempt to acquire the patent portfolio of Nortel.

Larry Page commented on the acquisition on Google’s official blog:

Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space.

Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to “protect competition and innovation in the open source software community” and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction. Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences. I am confident that these great experiences will create huge value for shareholders.

There is still a lot of details to be revealed but I am wondering what are Samsung and HTC going to think about this deal. Both of them partnered strongly with Google to release the G1, G2, Nexus One and Nexus S.

Read more about the deal in Engadget, Forbes and Wired Magazine.

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