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Google Have Bought Motorola Mobility

Google have just finalised the purchase of Motorola’s newly founded Mobility unit, the division in charge of creating the highly successful Droid line up for Verizon and for bringing into existence the Xoom, Honeycomb’s launch device.

Now, what we’ve got to see is that Motorola was one of the very Android OEM’s that stuck to the platform and did not participate in Microsoft’s Windows Phone reboot. Ultimately their loyalty seems to have worked out as Google purchased the company for $12.5 billion thus giving them a solid hardware platform for their own dedicated devices, so far the Nexus range.

The news has been welcomed by Google’s partners who see this as an opportunity to revitalise the eco-system and bring about a fresh perspective to Android hardware.  What does this mean for us?  Google will now be designing and manufacturing their own devices, not just one a year we assume, thus resulting in quicker updates for current Motorola owners and the Android ecosystem in general.  All in all good news.

UPDATE: Google’s acquired over 17,000 patents from this purchase.  These patent wars are going to get hotter!

Motorola Droid 3 leaked

Motorola’s famed QWERTY messenger, the Droid (or Milestone as us Europeans know it), is approaching the end of it’s product cycle of a year.  Now, the folks over at HowardForums have leaked what seems to be an image of the upcoming Droid 3.  It seems much sleeker than the original, competing with the likes of the HTC Desire Z.  No word on specs though, but we hope it’s running Gingerbread on some kind of dual core platform (preferably Nvidea’s Tegra 2).  Screen-wise, we hope it’s some kind of AMOLED or Super LCD, and that it’s thinner than the aforementioned Desire Z.

Well, here’s to hoping.