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Google buys Motorola to "supercharge" Android

08-16-2011 14:31 BJT

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Besides gaining a foothold in the smart phone market, analysts say the merger's bigger meaning lies in the patent sector. As a latecomer to the game, Google's Android system has always been attacked by its rivals. And the purchase of Motorola Mobility could help change that.

The patent war between American IT giants is getting more and more bloody. Google's latecomer status means it's always been the underdog to rivals like Apple and Microsoft.

At the end of June this year, six companies - including Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and Sony - formed Rock Star Auction Union, outbidding Google to purchase Canadian company Nortel Network's patent portfolio, which covers patents on 3G and 4G wireless networking and voice processing.

Last December, Google was outbid by an unnamed consortium of companies organized by Microsoft, for nearly 900 patents of software company Novell.

In a blog post, Google notes a smart phone comprises around 250 thousand patents. And most of them still have conflicts in ownership. But its competitors are trying to levy additional costs on these patents, to increase Android's cost.

Google shook up the mobile phone industry on Monday with the announcement it is buying US smartphone and tablet computer maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash in a bid to extend the reach of its Android platform.

Last August, Oracle accused Google of infringing patents related to Java, asking for 6 billion U.S. dollars in compensation. Microsoft took every handset maker using Android to court, requiring payment of between 5 to 15 U.S. dollars per cell phone.

Analysts say Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility will give the search giant ownership of more than 17 thousand smart phone patents. With that arsenal, Google has some hope of turning things around.

They also say, the merger could bring new changes to the global smart phone market.

Google shook up the mobile phone industry on Monday with the announcement it is buying US smartphone and tablet computer maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash in a bid to extend the reach of its Android platform.

Currently, smart phones are mainly dominated by three operating systems - Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows and Apple's iOS. The buy-out of Motorola will help boost Google's share of that market.

On the other side of the deal, Motorola also looks to improve its operations through the merger. Over the years, former market leader Motorola has gradually lost its competitive edge. Analysts say the merger will bring more development opportunities for the company.

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Editor:Li Wanran |Source: CNTV.CN

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