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Google Gobbles Motorola Phone Biz

The economy might be in the dumps, but don't tell that to Google who has enough spare cash to shell out $12.5 billion to buy Motorola's Mobility Division.

Motorola is a big Android proponent. The deal gives Google soup to nuts control over the cell phone hardware and software, much as Apple has with the iPhone.

One possible negative drawback for Google over the acquisition is that the buy may anger other Android hardware makers who could be lured into the Microsoft camp.

The timing of this is interesting -- last week the CEO of Motorola Mobility said his company was "open" to building Windows Phones. We'll see if that remains true once Google takes over.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/15/2011 at 1:18 PM


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