Google has announced that they have acquired Motorola Mobility. The mobile division of Motorola has a portfolio of products that includes phones like the DROID line, the XOOM tablet and DVR's. Mobility was already a dedicated Android partner, so the acquisition should really help Google become a player in the mobile device arena.
The company will be managed as a separate business unit, and not folded in to their current operations. Google launched the Google Nexus S phone in late 2010, which was developed with, and manufactured by Samsung.
Google looks to strengthen their Android platform with the deal, while still keeping it open source.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”
The deal is expected to close by early 2012, pending any regulatory issues.