By Marcus Leach

Following Google's announcement that they will buy Motorola's handset business for £7.7 billion, shares in Asian makers of Android mobile phones have risen.

Companies such as HTC and Samsung Electronics expect that the agreement will give them a greater degree of protection against possible patent disputes.

Tuesday's trading saw shares in HTC rise by 2%, whilst those in Samsung saw a 4% increase.

The move sees Google, the primary developer of Android software for mobile devices, take ownership of a further 17,000 patents, with thousands more pending.

"We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem," HTC chief executive Peter Chou said in a statement.

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