Breaking News: Google neemt Motorola Mobility over voor 12,5 miljard dollar

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Breaking News: Google neemt Motorola Mobility over voor 12,5 miljard dollar

Google en smartphone fabrikant Motorola hebben zojuist een overeenkomst gesloten waarbij zoekgigant Google, Motorola Mobility overneemt voor een slordige 12,5 miljard dollar ($40/aandeel), zo staat te lezen op de officiële Google blog. Google CEO Larry page legt uit dat hij Motorola momenteel het beste bedrijf vindt om Android volledig tot zijn recht te laten komen. Verder beschikt Motorola over een wijd patenten portfolio, iets wat in Google's voordeel kan spelen als Apple en/of andere rivalen een patentenstrijd zou ontketenen.

Motorola beschikt over 80 jaar ervaring en introduceerde zowat 30 jaar geleden de eerste draagbare mobiele telefoon. Verder was het bedrijf een van de stichtende leden van de "Open Handset Alliance" en één van de eerste smartphone fabrikanten om het Android besturingsysteem te introduceren aan de hand van zijn Droid smartphones.

(Meer hierover op MobileCowboys)

Google CEO Larry Page

"This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android's success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences. I am confident that these great experiences will create huge value for shareholders."

Persbericht

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

"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 acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

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."

Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, "This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility's stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world. We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses."

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, said, "We expect that this combination will enable us to break new ground for the Android ecosystem. However, our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community. We will continue to work with all of our valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered
devices."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the US, the European Union and other jurisdictions, and the approval of Motorola Mobility's stockholders. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

Carl Vanormelingen

Carl is een online marketeer met focus op zoekmachine marketing bij het Belgische digital performance marketingbureau FairEtail. Van jongs af aan gepassioneerd...

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