Google to acquire Motorola Mobility

Google and Motorola Mobility today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility.

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

Android Apps on all phones

Mobile technology company Myriad will demonstrate new software next week that will allow Android applications to run on non-Android phones.

Android Myriad also introduced virtual machine software called last year. This software speeds up performance of Android applications by up to three times and improves battery life on Android phones.

Interesting to note that Nokia’s new high end phones will be running compatible operating systems. This will mean that Nokia customers will be able to run Nokia Apps and Android Apps. Not only will customers have a wider choice in Apps, but they will also be able to choose between interfaces.

Google on location

If you use Google on a mobile device you might find that the search suggestion list makes provision for your location.

The search suggestion list is the terms that appear below the text entry field on Google.

For example:

If you are in London and are looking for a sushi restaurant, first on the search suggestion list will be something like “sushi restaurants in london”.

Across the channel in Paris the same query will have as a first suggestion “sushi restaurants in paris”.

This new mobile functionality will currently only work on iPhones and Android-powered devices.