Google said in a Monday announcement that the acquisition will “enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem.”
Android will continue to run as an open platform, while Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and will run as a separate business.
In addition to helping Google support the expansion of mobile devices and video solutions, CEO Larry Page also said in a post on Google’s blog that the acquisition will keep the market competitive, citing recent patent wars with Microsoft and Apple.
“Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies,” Page said.
Read more on Google’s blog.