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

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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29 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"And, Google has been adamant about not using patents to attack..." Unlike some other companies... ;)

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

not attack, but to protect....

2. johamsandwich

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

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

23. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 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)....

26. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

and the omap5

4. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

6. Chasers

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 27, 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.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ironically funny point ya made there.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

16. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

true, but think about it.... Whens the last time you heard open free and china in the same sentence?

29. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

9. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

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

10. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 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.

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

17. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

That would be a perfect solution.

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Great solution.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

22. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

12. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Wow... Motorola RAZR Nexus! Yeah!

13. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 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 ?

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

18. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

IRONY: CHINA asking GOOGLE to have ANDROID remain OPEN and FREE..... Also, has CHINA asked the same of APPLE?

24. Jericho unregistered

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.

25. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 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..!!

27. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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!

28. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

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