Google announced its acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings.
Google’s biggest foray into hardware comes weeks after a failed attempt to buy patents from bankrupt Nortel, and gives it an intellectual property library in wireless telephony to wage war on Apple and Microsoft.
But in buying Motorola, the Internet giant risks alienating the hardware partners that license its free Android software. Google CEO Larry Page sought to calm the jitters by stressing yesterday that Android will remain open to all.
After being shut out of Nortel deal, Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond wrote a blog post accusing Microsoft, Apple and Oracle of colluding to buy up patents and curtail growth of its Android mobile operating system. Page says Motorola’s strong patent portfolio will protect Android from “anti-competitive threats.”