Google-Motorola merger could become official next week

One of the biggest proposed deals in the tech industry in recent memory might finally be completed sometime next week. The Associated Press reports that the Chinese government has given its thumbs up to the merger between Google and Motorola Mobility. China was the last country that needed to give its approval before the deal could officially close. The US and Europe approved the merger deal in February.

The deal was first announced in August 2011, with Google willing to pay $12.5 billion for the wireless smartphone hardware maker. From the beginning, Google has said it plans to operate Motorola Mobility as if it were a separate company. However, there's been a lot of rumors lately that Google wants to launch its own Android powered smartphone and tablets with its own branding. A merger with Motorola, which already makes Android devices, would certainly make that easier.

Google also wants to make the deal in order to obtain the many patents that Motorola has access to. Google will see this move as a way to defend its Android operating system from patent disputes coming from Apple and Microsoft. Indeed, Microsoft and Motorola are already in a pretty fierce patent battle in the courts.

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Google want to make Android more like what Apple and Microsoft are doing and integrate it into the complete ecosystem and for Google to do that they will need to start making money from Android which at this point they are losing very much money from android, I don't expect Android to be such an open mobile OS for too much longer.

Google have been forbidden to do anything different with android for a 5 year period, so they can not enter into any special hardware deal with Motorola that Google gives special treatment to Motorola handsets with android. I also think Google paid all this money just for the patents which they will keep and Motorola will just get turfed to the curb.

Microsoft got Nokia. Google got Motorola. (I know Microsoft hasn't bought Nokia, but you know what I mean)

Navan said,
Microsoft got Nokia. Google got Motorola. (I know Microsoft hasn't bought Nokia, but you know what I mean)

Actually no, lol, I don't know what you mean. Microsoft coming to a business deal with Nokia to use their OS on Nokia hardware is entirely different to Google now having the ability to make and manufacture it's own hardware.

TCLN Ryster said,

Actually no, lol, I don't know what you mean. Microsoft coming to a business deal with Nokia to use their OS on Nokia hardware is entirely different to Google now having the ability to make and manufacture it's own hardware.


+1

TCLN Ryster said,

Actually no, lol, I don't know what you mean. Microsoft coming to a business deal with Nokia to use their OS on Nokia hardware is entirely different to Google now having the ability to make and manufacture it's own hardware.

Didnt microsoft deal forbid nokia from producing android phones or something like that? If true then microsoft owns nokia.

Navan said,
Microsoft got Nokia. Google got Motorola. (I know Microsoft hasn't bought Nokia, but you know what I mean)

And since Motorola Mobility's ability to import phones is pretty much banned until they come to terms, Google made an expensive purchase with not much return. That's got to hurt.

AnarKhy said,

Didnt microsoft deal forbid nokia from producing android phones or something like that? If true then microsoft owns nokia.


"Didn't" and "if true" are the important parts of that comment. Does anybody actually know what the terms of the arrangement was? Was it publicised? Or is everybody guessing? Whatever the deal, it clearly isn't stopping Nokia from putting other OS's onto their phones. The Nokia PureView can attest to that.

Drewidian said,

And since Motorola Mobility's ability to import phones is pretty much banned until they come to terms, Google made an expensive purchase with not much return. That's got to hurt.

Google couldn't care less about Motorola's phone business. In fact I would not be shocked at all if they immediately turned around and sold it off once this merger is officially completed (there have already been rumors to that effect). Google bought Motorola Mobility for their extensive patent portfolio which the import ban doesn't effect.

TCLN Ryster said,

Actually no, lol, I don't know what you mean. Microsoft coming to a business deal with Nokia to use their OS on Nokia hardware is entirely different to Google now having the ability to make and manufacture it's own hardware.

Quit being a smartass. The guy told you he KNOWS microsoft didn't buy nokia and you still poke fun at him. There is nothing wrong with stating an analogy like that.