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China approves Google's purchase of Motorola, as long as Android stays open and free

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China approves Google's purchase of Motorola, as long as Android stays open and free
The whole ordeal is finally over everyone. Google is finally allowed to own Motorola. It's been a long time coming, both the EU and the US both approved the deal back on February 13th and the holdup has been with China. China's anti-monopoly bureau has taken its time in reviewing the purchase, but apparently all concerns have been sorted out. 

A Google spokesman has confirmed that Chinese regulators gave the okay for the purchase on Saturday (which at this point is technically yesterday for China), and the formal approval should be coming this week. According to reports, there is one major stipulation given by the Chinese regulators which says that approval is based on the promise that Google will keep Android open and freely available to anyone who wants to use it for the next 5 years. So, for anyone who still harbored some crazy idea that this move would lead to the closing of Android, that is now impossible... for 5 years. 

Once the formal approval comes, Google will finally own Motorola Mobility and the 17,000 patents that go along with it. Google has constantly said that it would keep Motorola separate so as not to anger any other Android hardware partners. And, Google has been adamant about not using patents to attack, only defend, so those patents will certainly be helpful in protecting Android. Now, we'll just have to wait and see if there are any other plans for Motorola, perhaps with the TV set-top boxes the company makes, and Google's troubled Google TV. 

And, of course, with Google supposedly putting out multiple Nexus devices this fall, we'd all like to see a Moto Nexus (not to mention an Xperia Nexus, and HTC One Nexus, and Huawei Nexus...)

source: AP & WSJ via The Verge

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posted on 19 May 2012, 16:24 14

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"And, Google has been adamant about not using patents to attack..."

Unlike some other companies... ;)

posted on 19 May 2012, 16:28 8

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Also, let's hope that now Motorola will be more open and friendly for developers. :)

posted on 19 May 2012, 22:08 3

19. networkdood (Posts: 5489; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


not attack, but to protect....

posted on 19 May 2012, 16:27 7

2. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


Great news. Motorola Nexus Droid with a big battery PLS!

posted on 19 May 2012, 23:25 2

23. kanagadeepan (Posts: 589; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Ya... I am dreaming about Razr Nexus HD with 720p AMOLED screen + 12MPx camera + PURE GOOGLE (NO BLUR OR LOCKED/ENCRYPTED BOOTLOADER + 3300mAh battery)....

posted on 20 May 2012, 12:52

26. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


and the omap5

posted on 19 May 2012, 17:16 8

4. Carlitos (Posts: 265; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Finally, now android can be protected as a whole from Apple and Microsoft.

So far the only Oem's that has been able to repel most apple law suits is motorola.
This is good news for the entire android system.

posted on 19 May 2012, 17:21 6

5. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 664; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Excellent news :)
Oh, and down go the Android haters stupidly thinking Android will be come closed.

posted on 19 May 2012, 17:25 6

6. Chasers (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


Does anyone else find it odd that China (a communist country) is fighting to keep android open source. They wont even let their citizens use facebook but they are worried about their cell phone manufacturers having an OS to base all of their phones on.

posted on 19 May 2012, 17:30 3

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ironically funny point ya made there.

posted on 19 May 2012, 17:33 5

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


There is nothing strange in it, Facebook doesn't bring money for China, while manufacturers does.

posted on 19 May 2012, 20:51 3

16. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


true, but think about it....

Whens the last time you heard open free and china in the same sentence?

posted on 21 May 2012, 10:04

29. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


got a point there but what I found odd was the length of time they took to approve it as though they were going to challenge the merger in some regard. Even its home country the US approved it faster than that.

posted on 19 May 2012, 18:13

9. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


And, Google has been adamant about not using patents to attack, only defend......
Defend for what??
Yeah......you guys guess it....

posted on 19 May 2012, 18:46 1

10. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I think it'll work out kinda like this: andriod will stay open for any oem to use, but all nexus devises will be Motorola I'm not saying that this is a garentee but at the same time I wouldn't be surprised.

posted on 19 May 2012, 20:40 6

15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Not a chance. Being a Nexus hardware partner is a big marketing boost. Favoring Motorola would piss off all the other manufacturers. That's probably why Google is going with the new multiple Nexus strategy. It can't be seen as favoring Motorola if Moto is just one of 5 Nexus phones.

posted on 19 May 2012, 21:18 2

17. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


That would be a perfect solution.

posted on 19 May 2012, 22:09 2

21. networkdood (Posts: 5489; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Great solution.

posted on 19 May 2012, 18:46 4

11. tedkord (Posts: 3905; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Well, naturally. The Chinese government are big believers in openess and freedom.

posted on 19 May 2012, 23:17 1

22. eDiesel (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


HAHAHAHAHAH. Am i the only one who caught on,,,,
nice one.

posted on 19 May 2012, 18:55 3

12. cGmC11 (Posts: 107; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Wow... Motorola RAZR Nexus! Yeah!

posted on 19 May 2012, 19:11 1

13. sonisoe (Posts: 306; Member since: 06 May 2009)


anyone care to share why eu and china are involved in this, why are not a whole host of other countries in that matter ? are us/eu/china in some sort of international anti-monopoly/international fair-trade/whatever organization ?

posted on 19 May 2012, 19:41 2

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It is all about Competition Law:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_law

posted on 19 May 2012, 21:30

18. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Motorola the next Nexus? O no..... Crap hardware, with-along
Tiomap 4430 I bet they would still use that for the next Nexus.....

posted on 19 May 2012, 22:08 3

20. networkdood (Posts: 5489; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


IRONY:

CHINA asking GOOGLE to have ANDROID remain OPEN and FREE.....

Also, has CHINA asked the same of APPLE?

posted on 20 May 2012, 02:23 1

24. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This awesome i love motorola products actually i think they are better than samsungs phones(imo). Now that google has purchased it. It is more awesome cause i love google.

posted on 20 May 2012, 03:41

25. Sangeet (Posts: 225; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Now it feels like this is going to e a big comeback of Motorola..
Well. it is always welcome!! :D

I loved the motorola products i still have the motorola flip razr phone and it was the best one in terms of looks as compared to the top smartphones of that time like the bulky Nokia N93 and other bulky phones and is still a joy to look at..!!

posted on 20 May 2012, 14:19

27. BattleBrat (Posts: 883; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


*Sighs* Glad MOTO and Google are one now. I love Moto since my Dad got a Startac back in the day. I got a Droid 1 as my first smartphone (I wanted an iPhone) and fell in love with the hardware, that thing is a TANK!. (It is still working great, I use it as an alarm clock) The droid X was tough, but it would shut off on me while playing music at least once a day, then they updated it a week after I sold it when I got my RAZR. But the RAZR has been AWESOME. I cannot wait until the MOTO nexus arrives! Since Verizon has killed the option of subsidized upgrades (Unless I give up my unlimited data, and that is not an option!) I can upgrade whenever I want!

posted on 21 May 2012, 01:50

28. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


"China's anti-monopoly bureau"
BUAHAHA:D That's a fabulous joke.
China=anti-monopoly...

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