16 Aug '11, 12am

Google buys smartphone maker Motorola Mobility for $15b

Google buys smartphone maker Motorola Mobility for $15b

Google shook up the mobile phone industry on Monday with the announcement it is buying US smartphone and tablet computer maker Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion (S$15 billion) in cash in a bid to extend the reach of its Android platform. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (AFP) - Google shook up the mobile phone industry on Monday with the announcement it is buying US smartphone and tablet computer maker Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion (S$15 billion) in cash in a bid to extend the reach of its Android platform. The surprise move gives Google a strong patent portfolio to defend Android against lawsuits from rivals such as iPhone and iPad maker Apple and turns an Internet company known for its software into a hardware manufacturer. Technology analysts said the acquisition also has major implications for handset makers such as Taiwan's HTC, South Korea's Samsung and other...

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