Samsung has acquired the chipmaker company CSR's wireless handset technology and patents for the tune of around $310 million. CSR is a UK technology company that mainly deals in single-chip Bluetooth solutions for smartphones and other mobile devices. Along with buying out their technology they've also acquired a large set of patents. Cheers for playing a little defense Samsung!
acquired Meebo for their social services we've now just learned that today they've finalized another acquisition. Google has snatched up the popular QuickOffice suite. With Google Docs and Drive already running at full steam it appears that Google wants to expand their mobile and cloud office apps.
Bloomberg reports that the company has bought the San Francisco design studio that helped to create the original Android device, the Google (HTC) G1. Mike and Maaike is a two-person industrial design team whose projects have included everything from the Microsoft Xbox 360 to wallpaper patterns, including the Blackberry-style developer device that Google created some of the pre-release versions of Android on.
Google's 12.5 billion dollar acquisition of US-based Motorola Mobility is complete. Google announced the news on its official blog, taking special care to note the replacement of former Moto CEO Sanjay Jha. Unfortunately, the post was noticeably lacking in concrete details on how Google plans to leverage its new (if not overly shiny) multi-billion dollar toy.
Facebook has been getting some good Karma as of late because they've been rocking out. first with the purchase of Instagram, then they snatched up rival service Lightbox to get into the photography aspects even more. Now they've also acquired the social gifting service Karma -- and you can't forget about the Facebook IPO and stocks going crazy.
Google's acquisition of hardware giant Motorola Mobility has been passed: the People's Republic of China has reportedly approved the business deal, several months after US and European regulators. The $12.5 billion deal is now seemingly a given, though the integration of these companies (to such a degree that is wanted or needed) will certainly take quite a while.
Facebook is back in the news today for throwing around large sums of money. After buying Instagram for a whopping 1 billion dollars today we've learned they also snatched up a mobile app company called TagTile. In case you aren't huge into Facebook, today they launched Facebook Offers -- basically coupons and deals they'll send to your email for free coffee, or other discounts. TagTile will most likely be joining that system.
Motorola Mobility is still not a done deal, even though it's approaching the 1 year mark since we first learned of the acquisition. Already we've started seeing tons of rumors regarding Google's plans, and recently reported Google could sell Moto's hardware division to Huawei. According to new details from DigiTimes that isn't the case and Google won't be selling any part of Motorola.
Instagram has only been available for a week on Android, and it looks like it's already going to get a major upheaval. Facebook reported that they bought the company this morning. For a billion dollars. That's Billion with a "B". The mobile-only photo sharing service has tens of millions of users on iOS and Android, and its Android population is growing by leaps and bounds.