Google and Motorola’s deal has pretty much been authorized by every other antitrust regulatory board with the exception of China, at least until now.
As per Google, they’ve declared that the Chinese govt have finally approved their $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, essentially making this the last barrier that both companies had to face.
Interestingly it looks that this approval was only given after Google had agreed to a condition set by the authorities, which was that they’d to make sure that the Android mobile operating-system remain free and open for at least 5 years. This is as per a source who’s allegedly familiar with the details, so we guess we can’t really prove it.
This isn’t extremely shocking given that many were skeptical that Google would keep Android free and open after it had acquired the mobile division from Motorola, fearing that they might begin producing their own phones and end up favoring Motorola products, ultimately closing Android off to everyone else.
Assuming the source is to be thought, we estimate at the very least, Android will remain free and open for a good 5 years.