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Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

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Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically  increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience  for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been  activated worldwide—with over 550,000 devices now lit up every  day—through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123  countries. Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for  new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so  excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola.

Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications  technology and products, and in the development of intellectual  property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile  computing we are all enjoying today. 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 on earth  at time of launch. In 2007, Motorola was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance that worked to make Android the first truly open and comprehensive  platform for mobile devices. I have loved my Motorola phones from the  StarTAC era up to the current DROIDs.

In 2008, Motorola bet big on Android as the sole operating system across  all of its smartphone devices. It was a smart bet and we’re thrilled at  the success they’ve achieved so far. We believe that their mobile  business is on an upward trajectory and poised for explosive growth.

Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions  business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to  work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and  cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space.

Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many  reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together,  we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire  Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers  everywhere.

 

 

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