Earlier this year, Motorola split into two companies. One of them, Motorola Mobility, would deal with the consumer side with cell phones and cable boxes, while the other, Motorola Solutions, would deal with the professional side like with police and barcode scanners. Today, this bit of news concerns the consumer side and boy, is it a big one. Google has announced it will acquire Motorola Mobility and turn it into a "dedicated Android partner." Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40 a share for a total of around $12.5 billion, which is good news for Motorola since it reported a $52 million loss last quarter. Google's Larry Page says that the Motorola Mobility acquisition will help to "supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers." This doesn't mean that only Motorola will be making Android phones, as Google will still license it out to others like Samsung, HTC, and LG. This just means that now Motorola Mobility will be a part of Google and will give it a much stronger hardware platform with which to continue strengthing the software side of Android.
Other companies, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC, and LG, all welcome this news and show that Google is dedicated to defending Android and its partners, especially in light of some of those lawsuits. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this year or early next.