El Goog picked up the handset maker – and its attractive patent portfolio – for a cool $12.5 Billion. Up until 2008, Motorola had languished in its failure to produce a viable iPhone competitor. But in ’09, Moto executed an effective turnaround and has found success on the Android platform with its attractive Droid series. What makes this acquisition interesting is Google’s foray into the hardware market, and more importantly, a considerably more direct threat to Apple. Follow the link to read up on the WSJ breakdown as well as Engadget’s post, whose illustration remarkably resembles ours.