I think Motorola knew they had Google by the balls. Google needed Motorolaâ€™s patent library to defend Android as a whole, Motorola knew it, and they made Google pay and pay handsomely. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s curious at all why Google didnâ€™t simply license Motorolaâ€™s patents. Motorola held out for a full acquisition at a premium far above the companyâ€™s actual value, and threatened to go after its sibling Android partners if Google didnâ€™t acquiesce. Thus the public threats from Jha and Icahn. Thus the high price. Thus the lack of a simpler, cheaper licensing agreement. Thus the unusual $2.5 billion reverse breakup fee.
Makes perfect sense.