New York – Google
and Motorola overcame the final regulatory hurdle in its planned $12.5 billion
acquisition of smartphone maker Motorola when the Chinese government gave its
approval to the deal.
Following February approvals by the U.S. and
European Union, the maker of the Android OS is clear to finalize its purchase
of Motorola and put itself in
competition with the handset makers that license Android. To assuage
handset vendors concerned about competing with the company that supplies
Android, Google has said it would let Motorola operate independently.
announced the deal last year in a bid
to build its patent portfolio and protect the
Android ecosystem from competitors’ patent claims.
it expects the deal to close in days.