Live Blog: Google Motorola Press Event

Probably the biggest news to ever hit the Android world was announced early this morning. At 5:30am local time Google’s CEO Larry Page, VP of Mobile Andy Rubin, VP of Legal David Drummond and Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha held a press conference for the media on the recently announced acquisition of Motorola by Google.  Our liveblog of the press event is below the break

9:00AM: Larry Page says they are excited, conference over

8:57AM: Andy answering questions about “Google/Nexus” branded devices. Rubin says they select the partner around holiday season. Rubin doesn’t expect it to change. Motorola will still be in the bidding process for the “signature” phone

8:55AM: Ben at Barclays: How did you get to the price

8:54AM: Drummon: an SEC filing forthcoming

8:51AM: Rubin: Motorola was really involved in Android early. They are one of the founding partners of the Open Handset Alliance

8:50AM: Drummond: Google has seen some very aggressive demands on the Android ecosystem, acquiring Motorola’s patent portfolio will make things more open and vibrant

8:50am: Ross Sandler, RBC: asked about unit economics of Android, are you removing risk for things like licensing fees

8:49AM: Page responds that they are operating Motorola as a separate company. He is also excited about protecting the Android ecosystem. Motorola Mobility really has a lot of potential. “This is a really unique opportunity and one I am tremendously excited about”

8:48AM: Citibank: What convinced you that acquiring Motorola was the optimal decison

8:47AM: Barclays Question: Is there a risk to the other Android OEM partners. Page defers to Rubin: Rubin spoke to the top 5 Android licensees yesterday and Rubin says they were all enthusastic

8:47AM: Sanjay Jha states that they hold 17,000 patents in mobile phones.

8:46AM: Drummond: “I think in acquiring the Motorola Patent Portfolio it’s a good thing” turns it over to Sanjay Jha

8:45AM: Drummond on Patent Portfolio: “we have been saying for sometime that we will be protecting the Android ecosystem”

8:41AM: Q&A

8:41AM: Sanjay cites relationships with Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and Time Warner

8:41AM: Sanjay Jha on now

8:40AM: Why do they keep saying supercharge, is that the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone?

8:40AM: Google gets Motorola’s Patent portfolio

8:40AM: People may have forgotten Motorola Mobility does HOME business too Great for Google TV

8:37am: Page: Motorola Mobility has a great team

8:35am: Larry “In May 2005 I met Andy Rubin” Page thought Rubin had a crazy vision for the Mobile phone

8:35AM Larry welcomes everyone and acknowledges it’s 5:30am

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