I just finished reading “In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives” on my kindle.
In Chapter 5 Steven Levy goes into great detail, on how Google became involved with mobile phones. The Chapter is titled, Outside the Box: The Google Phone Company and the Google TV Company. This becomes a priority for Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin because they realise, Mobile devises are the new gateway to the internet, and Google search needs to be there.
Google’s involvement with the Android Phone puts them on a collision course with Apple’s iPhone.
Today the battle of the Smart Phone, has just intensified with Google Putting an offer $40 a share for Motorola
To read more of this intriguing story, read the Wall Street Journals article Google’s $12.5 Billion Gamble Web Giant Pays Big for Motorola’s Phone Business, Patents; Risks Alienating Allies
or read Techcruch article Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5B, Says “Android Will Stay Open”
Here’s the other important part of the PR (the why, and what happens to Android now):
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.
In a blog post, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page writes that Google has acquired Motorola not only because of its strength in Android smartphones and devices, but also for being a “market leader in the home devices and video solutions business.”