EU Commission and U.S. Department of Justice approves Google's acquisition of Motorola
14 February 2012 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Both the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced that the two jurisdictions has approved Google's acquisition of Motorola
According to the official Google blog, Don Harrison, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Google, an important milestone in the approval process was made today. Both the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
In August 2011, Google made an offer for the North American maker of Android smartphones and tablets, accessories and feature phones. Motorola shareholders approved Google's USD 12.5 billion bid for the company back in November last year, and we have since then been waiting for the EU and U.S to make a decision. There are still a few decisions from other jurisdictions to wait for before the deal can be finalized, but Google did not elaborate which these could be.
The transaction is Google's biggest ever. Motorola is far from the largest smartphones manufacture, but the company possesses a large number of patents which they license to other mobile phone manufactures. Many think the large patent portfolio was the major reason why Google wanted Motorola.
The fact that Google now will compete with Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and the others by making hardware for the Android OS is possible something these handset makes are worried about. Google tries to comfort them by claiming that Google's vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform. After the transaction is completed, one thing Google could do is to work closer with Motorola than with the other makers. Google has earlier said that Motorola will exist as a separate company and not gain advantages just because it is owned by Google.
What do you think? Will Motorola receive inside info and other advantage from Google that none of the other manufactures will see?
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Google will not be so stupid, they perfectly know that they need support from every manufacturer, so they won't favor anyone. Let's say that Motorola is a sort of warranty... there will always be at least one Android manufacturer.
I hope this gives Google enough patents to fight off Apple with their market choking patent litigation.
Things are about to get VERY interesting
This is indeed great news!
Indeed unless Apple muscles in.
Apple are just miserable and jealous and can't stand others being successful if they don't stop their greed will be their downfall and as they say "The higher the climb the harder they fall" and if some of you iFans out there think that i'm wrong then i will quote Steve Jobs who said Quote:
'I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,' he said. 'I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.'
Now if that is being bitter and jealous at a rivals success then i don't know what is? Needless to say Steve Jobs mission in "destroying Android" will never be realised thankfully although i doubt Apple will never stop trying.
Good news for Moto. Android is developing rapidly and gets better with each iteration.
Good news indeed. Hopefully this will give Google, the companies that use its OS and Motorola more patents to fend off Apple.
Im also hoping this will improve Motorola's portfolio quality wise, their phones imo have always been sub-standard compared to SE, Nokia and Samsung.