Google today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Motorola Mobility—formerly the Mobile Devices division of parent company Motorola before being spun off earlier this year—is described in the release as a “dedicated Android partner, and will be run by Google as a separate business, used to “supercharge the Android ecosystem” and “enhance competition.” Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.” The deal is subject to regulatory and stockholder approval.

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Charles Starrett

Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.