Google has snagged all of micro mobile maker Modu’s patents for around £3 million. The Israeli company, which produced the tiny phone with interchangeable “jackets”, went to the wall at the end of last year.
While Google has not said what it will do with its newly-acquired intellectual property, you can expect to see Mountain View create Android-branded accessories using Modu ideas at some point in the future.
Modu’s idea of using different cases to create different functionality was quickly outpaced by the burgeoning smartphone market. Now it seems it might have a say in which major player comes out on top in the battle for smartphone supremacy.