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Google acquires Motorola - most expensive acquisitions of this era

Google and Motorola Mobility recently announced that they have entered into a agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion.

In a blog post, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page writes that Google has acquired Motorola not only because of its strength in Android smartphones and devices, but also for being a “market leader in the home devices and video solutions business.”

However one significant benifit would be with Motorola’s 17,000 patents on its side, Google has essentially put an end to the Android patent wars.

Also with Google pledging to keep Android as an open ecosystem and confirming to run Motorola as a separate business, Google also plans for producing its own hardware devices so that it can build Android prototypes. With the Motorola Mobility acquisition, Google will add over 19,000 new employees to its exisitng 29,000 with their existing supply chain, customer service, and hardware development skills.

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