To ‘supercharge’ Android, Google buys Motorola

Google is on a hot streak this summer. It unveiled Google+ and bought the company that made the first portable cell phone.

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In a blog post published today, Google CEO Larry Page touted the growth of the Android operating system and said it plans to acquire Motorola were a way to “supercharge” the Android ecosystem.

“Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies,” Page wrote.

Android refers not to a specific phone, but instead to an operating system that powers smartphones and tablet computers. Motorola is among 39 manufacturers of smartphones that use the Android operating system. In 2008, Motorola made Android the only operating system across all of its smartphones. More than 150 million Android devices have been activated in 231 countries.

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