Google’s acquisition of Motorola in the Europe and the US had gone approved a few months ago, while the one major market we were left waiting on is China and now, according to the Associated Press, the country’s regulators have given Google the green light.
The $12.5 billion deal is now seemingly a given, though the integration of these companies (to such a degree that is wanted or needed) will certainly take quite a while.
However authorities did put a condition before Google to keep Android free to other manufacturers for at least five years. This is to ensure that Google is not trying to monopolize the Android OS by only allowing Motorola to use the software freely.
“We look forward to closing the deal,” Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick stated. The deal is now expected to close next week. Only time will tell what changes we might see, but let’s hope good conclusions come out of this acquisition.