August 15, 2011 at 04:35 PM EDT

Google announced the purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings today for approximately $12.5 billion in cash, according to the tech giant. Motorola phones run on Google’s Android operating system. “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies,” said Google CEO Larry Page, in a statement. “Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”

In a blog post, Page also wrote that the purchase is a response to the coupling of Microsoft and Apple “in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android … Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”

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