Who can stop the Android juggernaut?

Forced to react against Apple and Microsoft in a patent war, Google acquired Motorola Mobility — which holds over 17,000 patents — for $12.5 billion. If the acquisition is approved, Google will not only be a software company, but a manufacturer of mobile phones and tablets.
THE PRESSURE MOUNTS ON RIM
The acquisition puts more pressure on BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, which may itself be purchased by Microsoft or another company.

Will Androids rule the world?
Windows Phone 1.6% Other 1.0%

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News and events — visually

WORLDWIDE MARKETSHARE FOR SMARTPHONES
Bada 0.9% 18.7% Windows Phone 4.9% Others 3.2%

GOOGLE’S PARTNERS ARE WORRIED

17.2% 11.7%

Bada 1.9%

Google is suddenly competing with its partners LG, HTC and Samsung Electronics that use the Android operating system distributed for free by Google.

43.4%
2011
22.1%
NOKIA BETS EVERYTHING ON MICROSOFT The mobile operating system Symbian OS is outdated, and Nokia has made a deal with Microsoft that will put the struggling Windows Phone operating system (1.6% of global market share) on Nokia phones.

2010
14.1%

2nd QUARTER

2nd QUARTER

18.2%

40.9%

ONLY TWO YEARS AGO, ERIC SCHMIDT, EX-CEO OF GOOGLE, SAT ON APPLE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS. HE WAS ASKED TO RESIGN WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR HE WAS COLLECTING INFORMATION ON THE IPHONE.

The sale of Nortel Networks started a patent war
2008: The Canadian telecommunications manufacturer declares bankruptcy. July 2011: Apple and Microsoft lead a consortium to buy about 6,000 patents from Nortel Networks for $4.5 billion. Google, the big loser in the bidding, criticizes the agreement as an anticompetitive strategy.

Aug. 2011: Google acquires more than 1,000 patents from IBM.

Yesterday: Google buys Motorola Mobility which holds more than 17,000 patents.

Sources: gartner.com; New York Times; Wall Street Journal; Businessmobile.fr; seatllepi.com

SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY JUSTIN STAHLMAN/QMI AGENCY

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