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Open Source Android Gets Boost From Motorola Acquisition

By August 19, 2011

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Motorola Droid, a Google Android-based cell phoneGoogle sent shockwaves through the tech industry with this week's acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Motorola has been in the cell phone business for many years, but recently has found success building phones based on Google's open source Android operating system.

Some industry observers wondered whether Google's purchase of Motorola would negatively impact Android adoption from competing cell phone vendors like Samsung and LG. But LG CEO Jong-Seok Park has gone on record saying, "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners." The same sentiment has been echoed by the heads of HTC, Samsung, and others.

This is good news for Android, which so far has been a rousing success as an open source competitor against a very popular closed source platform--Apple's iOS, used on the iPhone and iPad. In buying Motorola, Google has secured a patent portfolio which should ensure that Android will continue to mature as an open source project with a built-in defense against intellectual property threats.

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