Google announced Monday morning that it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
Motorola is one of 39 manufacturers of handsets that use Google’s Android operating system.
Buying a hardware company is an unusual move for Google. The acquisition, Google said in a statement, “will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem.”
Google CEO Larry Page expanded on what that might mean in a blog post. In addition to citing Motorola’s home devices and video solutions business, Page references recent patent wars that Google believes to be anti-competitive.