Google has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, giving the maker of the Android platform a direct hand in the mobile business. Google is paying $40 a share in cash, a premium of 63 percent over Motorola Mobility's closing price on August 12. The deal has already been approved by the boards of both companies, Bloomberg reports.
The acquisition gives Google control of Motorola Mobility's patent portfolio amid Google being sued indirectly through patent lawsuits against device makers whose wares run the Android operating system.
On the Official Google Blog, Larry Page, CEO posted:
Motorola's total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.
This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android's success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.