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Google completes purchase of Motorola Mobility

Google has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, in a £7.9 billion deal with the US mobile device manufacturer.

The internet search giant finalised its purchase of Motorola Mobility after receiving approval from the Chinese government.

Google had already received approval from the US Department of Justice back in February, as well as European approval, but had to wait for approval from China before completing the deal.

The Chinese government did have some stipulations, however. Namely that Google must keep its Android OS open-source and freely available for five years.

Big step for Google

“I’m excited to announce today that our Motorola Mobility deal has closed,” said Google CEO Larry Page in a blog statement.

“Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone.”

The acquisition, which was initially announced last year, is likely to see Google move into the manufacturing of mobile devices for the very first time.

With access to Motorola’s 17,000 patents, the deal will mean more protection for Android in any legal disputes that are likely to arise.

Google a manufacturer

The deal is thought to be the largest of its kind for wireless equipment in at least ten years, and turns Google into a competitor to the likes of Samsung and HTC – both of which have Android devices.

“It’s a well known fact that people tend to overestimate the impact technology will have in the short term, but underestimate its significance in the longer term,” added Page.

“Many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine, and the impact of that transition will be profound.”

The acquisition is Google’s biggest to date, and sees a shift of personnel at Motorola with chief executive Sanjay Jha making way for “long-time Googler” Dennis Woodside.