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Google acquiring Motorola Mobility 

Google is buying Motorola for 12.5 billion dollars. Engadget says that Google will make Motorola a “dedicated Android partner” to “supercharge the Android ecosystem” and “enhance competition in mobile computing.”

Larry Page , Google CEO:

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.

This is crazy news.  Apple makes its own devices or iOS, HP/Palm makes its own WebOS devices, Nokia is a preferred partner for Windows Phone 7 and now Motorola is owned by Google.  Meanwhile HTC, with it’s storied history of making premier Android, WinMo and Palm OS devices is left to license operating systems and will be actively competing with first party hardware.  Samsung, who worked closely with Google developing the Nexus S will also be fighting that same fight.  Crazy.

[via Engadget]