The caveat is a minor one that would have likely been the case anyway, but China wasn’t going to take any chances. As part of the approval, Google must agree to keep Android free and available to other device makes for 5 years. They also joined the US and Europe in voicing the sentiment that Google must make Motorola patents available for fair licensing.
“Our stance since we agreed to acquire Motorola has not changed and we look forward to closing the deal,” a Google spokeswoman said in a statement.
The deal is expected to close as soon as next week.
- China clears Google purchase of Motorola Mobility (rawstory.com)
- China Clears Google’s Motorola Mobility Deal (allthingsd.com)
- Google gets China OK for Motorola deal (technology.inquirer.net)
- China Approves Google’s Motorola Mobility Deal [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Open Android the price for China’s Motorola bid approval (slashgear.com)