Buying motorola gives Google a huge buttress against its rivals.
Android is created by Google but used by dozens of handset makers, including Samsung, HTC and motorola.
The downside: motorola's Google phone is not slated to roll off the assembly lines until the second quarter of next year.
motorola, once the reigning champ of the wireless market, is now betting on Android phones to fuel its comeback.
A slew of others, including most notably motorola, Research in Motion (RIM), and Samsung, are cranking out their own versions.
And motorola is being joined by several other well-known handset manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson.
Why pay $12.5 billion for smartphone maker motorola Mobility?
The motorola V195 has a maximum of 1.6, for instance, while the Samsung Infuse 4G is only 0.2.
And the motorola Droid Razr Maxx, which is my daily driver these days.
Similarly, as far as Google is concerned, products made by motorola (read: Google) will be the only ones that matter.