Google looks set to turn fairy godmother to Modu, the modular phone maker, which has been shutdown by debts. Reports suggest Google plans to pick up its patent portfolio for around $4.8m and help Modu founder Dov Moran out of the hole. With the Android Hardware devision up and running and going great guns with former Danger masterminds in charge, the move looks very interesting.
Could Google be planning to put those Modu modular patents to work in aid of the Android Open Accessory effort? It would make a lot of sense. That said, in the incredibly litigious world of mobile patents, Google could just be adding to its stash in case of future legal battles. Modu was delightfully mad though and we’d love to see some of its eccentric DNA transferred to Android devices.