Monday morning, the tech world woke up to a surprising announcement on the official Google blog: Google will buy Motorola for $12.5 billion dollars.
Many Silicon Valley-watchers quickly concluded it was Motorola’s patent portfolio that Google was after, rather than a move to get into the hardware business.
The patents that Motorola owns may help protect the Android in a patent war against Apple and Microsoft. Reactions from Motorola’s competitors seemed to back up this account. Kay Oberbeck, the director of public affairs for Google Germany, posted reactions to the news and what’s intriguing is how much they echo one another:
“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”
– Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corp.
“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
– Bert Nordberg, CEO, Sony Ericsson
“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
– Jong-Seok Park, CEO, LG Electronics, Inc.
ZDNet’s Ed Bott reports one more reaction and also handily highlights the similarities in responses.
“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”
– J.K. Shin, President, Samsung