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Wednesday, August 17, 2005



Google Buys Out Android.com


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(Hat Tip: Engadget, Cross Posted on Blogger News)

(Business Week) In what could be a key move in its nascent wireless strategy, Google has quietly acquired startup Android Inc., BusinessWeek Online has learned. The 22-month-old startup, based in Palo Alto, Calif., brings to Google a wealth of talent, including co-founder Andy Rubin, who previously started mobile-device maker Danger Inc.

Little is known about this new start up company, other than the fact that they have something to do with creating software for mobile phones. In a previous interview with Business Week, Andy Rubin talked about the need for a mobile phone that was more aware of it's owners location and preferences. This could profit Google tremendously, as this acquisition would compliment its previous purchase, Dodge Ball, a service alerting users when their friends (or friend of friends) are nearby via their cell phone.

Rubin declined to comment on Android or its sale to Google. A spokesperson for the search giant would not elaborate on the deal, only stating: "We acquired Android because of the talented engineers and great technology. We're thrilled to have them here."

This latest addition will no doubt add to Google's collection of start up companies as well as begin the first stages to what appears to be a launch into the wireless arena. One thing is certain though; Google is quickly expanding beyond the traditional net and exploring other territories to conquer. Although this new move may surprise users, this new addition fits well within Google's overall goal--"[T]o organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." And this is something Google intends upon doing.



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