Motorola Nexus Prime (3) Possibility: Google Acquires Mobility

We’ve been bringing readers news about the upcoming Google Nexus Prime, sometimes referred to as the Nexus 4G or Nexus 3, which is thought will be the first Android handset to be running on the next OS, 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. We also told of the likelihood of the Nexus Prime being manufactured by Samsung but news today that Google has acquired Motorola Mobility, leads us to think that a Motorola Nexus Prime is now a real possibility.

We recently spoke about the Nexus Prime being a credible rival to the iPhone 5 and the later the next iPhone is released the more likely that is. Although the Nexus Prime was originally pegged for late in 2012 we recently heard news that Google would attempt to bring the release forward to October just in time to meet the iPhone 5 head on. Now the news that Google has announced the purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion earlier today has come to us from Sarah Kessler over on Mashable, a move which has surprised a lot of people.

Google issued a statement, part of which reads that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility “will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem.” The Google Android mobile operating system is now the most popular in the world based on market share and already provided a platform for Motorola Mobility devices, along with other manufacturers such as HTC, LG and Samsung Mobile. Over on Pop Herald, Carlo Raphael Diokno also tells of the acquisition and says that a source has confirmed to them that the next Nexus phone could now indeed be produced by Motorola, not Samsung or HTC as with previous Nexus phones.

Larry Page, Google CEO and founder 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.” Android’s Andy Rubin also insisted that it would carry on as an “open platform.”

The move to acquire Motorola Motability was unanimously approved by boards of both Motorola and Google and the price, which works out at $40 per share in cash added 63% to the Motorola Mobility share price as of close on Friday. We’d like to hear your thoughts on Google’s move into hardware and what this means for the Nexus Prime? Let us have your comments.