Google has announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility (the division that does mobile devices and tablets) for USD12.5 billion. This move is expected to greatly increase its Google’s patent portfolio and help Google and its partners to defend against patent lawsuits by the likes of Apple and Microsoft. One could also possibly envision that going forward, Google’s phones may be produced by Motorola Mobility (or whatever it will be renamed to after the acquisition). Google has so far had Nexus One built by HTC, Nexus S built by Samsung and a rumored new Nexus S coming without a confirmed manufacturer (LG, HTC, Samsung has all been mentioned) but Google may well decide to have it built in-house once the deal has been finalized and approved. If its too late to cancel the order, then look for the fourth Nexus phone to be built in-house.
Only time will tell if Google made the right decision and ultimately if it benefits us users. In the short term, all major manufacturers of Android handsets have welcomed the move. As long as Google doesn’t leave the rest of the major Android handset manufacturers out in the cold, I think we should have a good thing happening here.