Google Finalizes Acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Google Becomes Hardware/Software/Service Company

by Anton Shilov
05/22/2012 | 10:28 PM

For many years Google has been offering software and services, but could not tailor them for a particular device or devices so that they could be enjoyed in all its glory. Starting Tuesday, Google is the owner of Motorola Mobility and therefore now sells hardware and provides software and services. The acquisition, which should let Google to improve the Android ecosystem, is now complete.

 

“I’m happy to announce the deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation. It’s a great time to be in the mobile business, and I’m confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come," said Larry Page, chief executive officer of Google.

The acquisition will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business. Dennis Woodside, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as president of Google’s Americas region, has become chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.

 “Motorola literally invented the entire mobile industry with the first-ever commercial cell phone in 1983. Thirty years later, mobile devices are at the center of the computing revolution. Our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world,” said Dennis Woodside, chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.