The tech giant announced Friday it is acquiring Apple’s development team for $5 billion, a move that makes the software giant’s mobile software business even bigger.
The move makes Google’s Android mobile operating system the world’s second-largest in terms of software revenue, behind Apple’s iOS software.
But it comes amid growing tensions between the tech giant and the iPhone maker.
Google has said it would take Apple’s apps, and possibly its servers, offline as part of the deal.
The company says it will pay about $5,800 per person to join Google’s team, a rate that includes salary and benefits.
Google has a strong Android software engineering and development team, with about 4,500 engineers in its software and services division.
But Google says it has less than 500 full-time employees in software and cloud-based technology.
The acquisition is part of a larger $25 billion acquisition that Google announced earlier this year of Motorola Mobility, a smartphone maker that Google bought for $12.4 billion in 2011.
That deal included Motorola’s former Android division and its software-development division, the largest acquisition by a single company of a single business in history.
Google said it plans to use the $5-billion in cash and stock for acquisitions in its next five years, with the first paying for research and development.
It will also pay cash dividends on its stock.