Google snaps up Modu

Micro mobile company's patents bought by Big G

Expect to see Android accessories galore after latest Google deal.

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.

.relatedLinksLeft { font-size:12px; width:300px; margin:12px 12px 12px 0; float:left; padding:0px 0px 10px 0px; background:#ececec; } h3.rlTitle {margin:0px; display:block; padding:5px 0 4px 15px !important; background:#ddd; }

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.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for the rest of the day’s gadget news and gossip as it happens.

Via Engadget