Chinese Regulators Remove Last Hurdle To Google, Motorola Deal

Chinese regulators have approved the the mega-billion dollar purchase of Motorola Mobility by Google. The deal, which has already received US approval, had been waiting for China, the long holdout and inal hurdle for the deal to close.

“We are pleased the deal has received approval in all jurisdictions,” Motorola Mobility said in an e-mailed statement, confirming that the deal has been approved in China. “We expect to close imminently.”

Google will now be able to access Motorola’s deep library of 17,000 patents to help protect itself against legal disputes over the Android platform. There is one stipulation to the deal worth noting, Google had to agree to keep Android free and open for anyone who wants to use it for at least the next five years to gain Chinese approval. The idea is that this requirement is necessary to make sure that Google avoids giving Motorola preferential treatment compared to other Android OEM’s. Google has said since the announcement of the deal that they would not give any preferential treatment to Motorola.

“Our stance since we agreed to acquire Motorola has not changed and we look forward to closing the deal,” Mountain View, California-based Google said in an e-mailed statement.

A brief reminder here as Google isn’t technically the “owner” of Android as it was created and developed by the Open Handset Alliance, of which Google is the largest contributor. Google would face a rough battle to close off Android completely so this stipulation by Chinese regulators isn’t really of much concern. Google’s strategy of keeping Android as an open and free platform has served them well, no reason to believe it wouldn’t want to continue on the current path.

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  • Duck Dodgers

    I just hope the next Nexus is not a Motorola phone.  I don’t care for Motorola designs.

    • http://twitter.com/Jrperiod Lord Bailey

      I second that. In fact what i think needs to happen is; Google should keep the android systems as is going to any manufacture willing to put it on hardware they make. What should happen next is that Google Should take back the Nexus name and have that be a Moto the official suppler for that line, and sell it through the Google play store. 

      This way everyone gets to slap the silly skins on devices they choose, Vz gets to neuter what every android device it likes and those of use who want vanilla droid get what we want.

  • Tmo_employee

    this has nothing to do with t-mobile we dont not carry motorola phones.

    • Johnny Brown

      But one could argue that TMO heavily pushes Android handsets, which would it indirectly Tmobile related…

    • souggie

      Yes you do, I saw a CLIQ 2 in a corporate store here in Atlanta yesterday

      • Guet

        Cliq2. That definately wasnt a Corporate store. We havent sold those in a year or so.  

        • S2j3607

          i was at a tmo store today and saw the cliq2. i bought one a year ago april. i think sales wise the cliq did well in my area. im sure better phones are on the menu

        • S2j3607

          i was at a tmo store today and saw the cliq2. i bought one a year ago april. i think sales wise the cliq did well in my area. im sure better phones are on the menu

  • Get_at_Me

    I think Motorola makes nice hardware…I don’t care what anyone says, the Droid Razr is sexy. I wouldn’t mind a yearly Motorola Nexus phone (iphone killer cough, cough) with cutting edge hardware and software, unlocked and bloat free.

    • FILA

      It doesnt matter what anyone says but me, lol, the Razr is a piece of garbage, and I never will get over that big ass bezel which makes the phone look stupid and a smaller screen. 

      • Durandal_1707

        Best-in-class reception, battery life well out of the league of anything else on the market, the RAZR MAXX is the best handset on the market, bar none, and not by a small margin, either.

        If T-Mobile were to start getting high-end Moto devices as a result of this deal, I’d be happy as a clam.

        • Guesssst

          then you would have to shell out more money

  • LinuxFrenzy

    I hope this leads to Motorola landing some high end phones on T-Mobile besides Verizon.