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Google's future handset rivals praise Motorola deal

CNET - Four of the biggest makers of Android phones--Samsung, HTC, LG Electronics, and Sony-Ericsson--have lined up to praise the patent protections they expect from Google's planned acquisition of Motorola.

Google published the four companies' eerily similar supporting quotations on its Web site today not long after Google CEO Larry Page announced the $12.5 billion deal. Samsung and HTC already are the target of Apple patent infringement suits.

Unsurprisingly, each phone maker's leader steers well clear of the fact that the company they rely upon for a popular mobile operating system now expects to become a direct competitor. Google's ambition to run Motorola Mobility as a new division must be raising a lot of hackles, and perhaps is igniting a re-evaluation of where Microsoft's Windows Phone OS fits into the mobile ecosystem.