In a blog post from Google CEO Larry Page this morning, Google has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire cellphone manufacturer Motorola for "a total of about $12.5 billion" or $40 per share in cash. Page believes that the partnership between the two companies will "create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere."

Part of the deal is a response to the rapidly escalating patent wars that are taking place in the mobile marketplace. Page points out that "the U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to 'prevent competition and innovation in the open source software community'" and believes that the acquisition of Motorola will significantly strengthen Google's patent portfolio, allowing the company to "protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies."

Android has always been a very open, customizable mobile operating system, in stark contrast to Apple's own closed iOS system. The OS is a growing platform for gaming, too, particularly with Sony's adoption of it for its PlayStation Suite software and "PlayStation phone" the Xperia Play. Check out our list of the best Android games available.

Motorola adopted Android as the sole operating system across all its smartphone devices back in 2008, so becoming a partner of Google makes perfect sense, particularly as the agreement means that Google will continue to run Motorola as a separate business and an Android licensee.

"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," wrote Page.

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