This morning Google announced that they would be acquiring Motorola Mobility for around $12.5B (a 63% premium over Friday’s closing price!) in an all cash deal.
On the conference call all parties referenced that it will still be run as a separate business that licenses Android. It will even have to bid on the yearly Nexus phones.
This seems as a patent move for Google and Android. No one on the call would talk about the strategy for the future but I suspect the patent portfolio would be used for a defense of Android or potentially even an offensive against Apple and Microsoft. The latter would be drastic, but could be a way to settle the patent system for smartphones and tablets. This would probably be seen as an “evil” move though, and Google is about no evil, right?