Facts about Google’s acquisition of Motorola
On August 15, Google announced an agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility, based in
Libertyville, Illinois, for $40 per share. Both companies’ boards of directors have
approved the deal.
Benefits of the deal
- Google and Motorola Mobility together will accelerate innovation and choice in mobile
computing. Consumers will get better phones at lower prices.
- Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio will help protect the Android ecosystem. Android,
which is open-source software, is vital to competition in the mobile device space, ensuring
hardware manufacturers, mobile phone carriers, applications developers and consumers all
Why Motorola Mobility?
- Motorola Mobility’s full commitment to the Android operating system means there is a
natural fit between our companies.
- Motorola Mobility was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance in 2007.
- Motorola Mobility in 2008 made a big bet on Android as the sole operating system
for all its smartphone devices.
- Google is great at software; Motorola Mobility is great at devices. The combination of
the two makes sense and will enable faster innovation.
- Motorola Mobility has a long history of innovation in communications technology and the
development of intellectual property.
- Its many industry milestones include the introduction of the world’s first portable
cell phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC–the smallest and lightest phone in the
world when it was launched.
J.K. Shin, President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division
“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending
Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”
Ken Hong, LG spokesman
"We will continue [to] support the Android operating system, and we have no concerns
about the changes in the Android environment.” (MarketWatch)
David Balto, a former FTC antitrust official and senior fellow at the Center
for American Progress
“If anything, antitrust regulators may see the deal as a boost to competition. Android
is such a crucial competitor to the iPhone in particular, that allowing Google to buy
Motorola Mobility will likely produce even more innovation in smartphones and other
devices.” (AP via ABC