Google Chairmain Eric Schmidt said that Google bought Motorola for more than just patents at the Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce.
He also shared that when Google announced the plan to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion , many believed this was due to the patents Motorola owns as this could protect Android from the infringement lawsuits it is facing. The people cannot be blamed for this as many hardware makes praised the deal saying it would “Save Android”.
We did it for more than just patents. We actually believe that the Motorola team has some amazing products coming….We’re excited to have the product line, to use the Motorola brand, the product architecture, the engineers. These guys invested the RAZR. We know them well because they’re Google Apps users … [We like] having at least one area where we can do integrated hardware and software.