Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion; Android stays an open-source

This is great news! Google buys Motorola Mobility, the mobile division of Motorola for an estimated $ 12.5 billion.

Motorola was one of the first mobile phone manufacturers to use Android on their mobile phones and had some success in the U.S. market.

In a blog post of Google Co-Founder Larry Page, he states that Google has acquired Motorola not only because of its power in Android smartphones and devices, but also for being a “market leader in the home devices and video solutions business.”

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.

But does it mean android will be exclusive to Motorola? No. Here’s what he said about android staying as an Open-Source:

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.

With the acquisition, Google will be acquiring 17,000 patents and an additional 7,500 filed patent applications in the deal.

So the next Google Nexus will be from Motorola Mobility and goodbye HTC