Google buys Motorola Mobility for USD12.5bn

Google is buying Motorola Mobility for USD12.5bn, in a bid to "supercharge" its Android operating system and "enhance competition". The deal – which is Google's biggest so far – sees the firm take ownership of Motorola Mobility's 17,000 patents in a bid to protect Android phone makers from lawsuits. Several players in the space, including Apple, Samsung and HTC, are currently locked in ongoing and expensive patent infringement battles, with Google CEO Larry Page taking a shot at the "anticompetitive" nature of such firms.

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