August 15, 2011- Google has announced its plans to purchase Motorola Mobility in what appears to be a strategic move for both. Google getting much needed patents and Motorola much needed funding. Larry Page, the Chief Executive of Google made the announcement, that came as a big surprise to many, in a blog post.
In this post Page mentioned the intellectual property of Motorola that has been accumulated over the company’s 80 years of doing business. He also mentioned the patent wars Google had been having with the likes of Apple and Microsoft.
This new deal will help to reshape the wireless industry as we know it by bringing together two of the strongest brands of mobile devices and operating systems. It may also have an influence as to how Android is viewed by other device makers.
Page did say in his post that Google will keep Android as an open platform and run Motorola as a separate entity. Nonetheless there will be hardware partners that may reevaluate their commitments to the Android similar to what some did when Nokia announced their partnership with software giant Microsoft.
This latest merger along with the Nokia/Microsoft partnership shows how the mobile device industry is being divided along the lines of operating systems.