Earlier today, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) announced a $12.5 billion deal for Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI ) . Get all the details from my Foolish colleague Anders Bylund. I'm writing to offer additional context, beginning with what CEO Larry Page posted about the deal in his Google+ feed.
If you've yet to see it, Page shared four quotes from the Big G’s primary Android partners. Here they are as he had them:
- "We welcome today's news, which demonstrates Google's deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem." [Emphasis added.]
-- J.K. Shin, president, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division
- "I welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners." [Emphasis added.]
-- Bert Nordberg, president and CEO, Sony Ericsson
- “We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." [Emphasis added.]
-- Peter Chou, CEO, HTC
- "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners." [Emphasis added.]
-- Jong-Seok Park, president and CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications
Notice how "defending Android" is in every quote? I can tell you two things about this:
- The quotes were orchestrated by Google's PR team.
- Google believes it's in a war with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) , Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) , Nokia (NYSE: NOK ) , and Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM ) .
Bye-bye, Fun Google
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