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Google buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion

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Google-buying-Motorola-Mobility-for-12.5-billionWell, that’s what we call a good start of the week – Google and Motorola Mobility have announced a $12.5 billion deal under which the search giant will acquire the phone maker. This translates into a per share price of $40, meaning that Google is ready to pay 63% over Motorola Mobility’s share price as per the company’s Friday’s closing price. This puts the search company on the same foot as Apple and other Android handset makers as Google will turn into more than just a platform maker.

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. But it’s not just Motorola’s handset expertise that this deal brings – it’s a transaction which is equally about patents. Just a couple of days ago Motorola said it wants a piece of that patent pie and that might have been one of the reasons for the acquisition. Motorola Mobility reportedly owns more than 17,000 patents and is among Google’s best options for defending its mobile OS. Google’s Larry Page himself points out:

“Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.” Page was also excited about the possibilities this brings for Android, “supercharging” the platform.

Andy Rubin heading Google’s mobile efforts reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Android as an open source platform as well as to the open source community. The deal would only elevate the platform, while Google itself will continue to work with its Android partners and continue distributing devices running the OS.

What were the reverberations among Motorola Mobility’s fellow Android phone makers? The chief executives of HTC, LG and Sony Ericsson all welcomed the news as the move both defends and strengthens Google’s case for the platform. But this opens a ton of questions starting with the future of Motorola’s Blur skinning and ending with how this affects rival platforms and most notably Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Not all answers will come right away, but Motorola Mobility’s conference call is live now and will definitely add more clarity to the picture – we’ll update you soon, so stay tuned.

source: The Official Google Blog

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Samsung and phoneArena are inviting you to a party in San Francisco

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Samsung-and-phoneArena-are-inviting-you-to-a-party-in-San-FranciscoHey! It is time to loosen up a little bit and have some fun, don’t you think? If you agree with us, you might be pleased to know that on June 3 (7:00 – 10:00 PM), Samsung and phoneArena will be hosting a meetup in San Francisco, and that you, dear reader, are also invited to join the party.

The star of the show will be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which attendants will have the chance to get up close and personal with. This is your opportunity to try out Samsung’s tablet ahead of its release, and if you are lucky enough, you may receive one as a gift as well. Yes, you heard that right! Because a party is nothing without giveaways, Samsung is giving away a number of its latest tablets and smartphones:

  • 5x Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • 2x Samsung Droid Charge
  • 2x Samsung Nexus S 4G
  • 1x Samsung Infuse 4G

But the list of gifts does not end with only these awesome gadgets – $25 Media Hub vouchers and Samsung branded screen cleaners will be given away to every single participant.

Attending the event is absolutely free, and all you have to do is to register here. We wouldn’t think twice if we were you – this is the perfect opportunity to have some quality time in the company of  smartphone enthusiasts. Also, bear in mind that the number of visitors is limited, so register now. The exact venue where the meetup will take place is yet to be announced, but wherever it is, we hope to see you there!

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