Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility approved by Department of Justice

Ian Hardy

February 13, 2012 5:19pm

Earlier today the EU approved the Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Now, the United States Department of Justice has just announced they too have given the green light.

When the two companies announced this proposed deal in August of last year, Google specifically stated that “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies”. In addition, while most mobile manufacturers who use the Android platform all had the same canned corporate response and “welcomed” the news, most we’re concerned. However, Google’s Eric Schmidt says Motorola acquisition won’t “screw up” Android… “We won’t play favorites”.

Now we’ll see it all unfold…

Source: Reuters

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  • CamLS

    This will give Google some serious ammo against the recent IP suits from Apple. Should be interesting!

    • jonny

      At first read, i read “IP sluts”

  • ELNY

    I hope Google sues the crap outta Apple.

  • jonny

    yay! hopefully this puts a damper on the patent wars.

    And someone needs to fix the patent system so people cant patent very obscure and generic things. apple has been granted way too many patents on things that should not be patentable.

  • cave johnson

    Let’s see that Moto Nexus – Good Moto hardware, freshly baked software from Google. Should turn out well. Current Nexus is a disappointment for me.

    And let’s also see an end to Apple suing everybody, or at least a significant reduction.

    • ShahabUl

      Lindao mesmo! Quanto as stoesuges de apps, nem imagino, meu celular e’ tao velho que e’ de disco!!!Exercicio? Vai lavar essa boca com chocolate, mulher

  • Superfly

    Say hello to the Motorola Nexus RAZR……. Launching Q4 2012. Awesome!!!!

  • shaggyskunk

    And in other News, Apple’s gonna sue the E.U.

  • SC

    Google to Apple : How do you like me now, beach??

  • jon_d0e1

    i hope google doesn’t touch motoblur. best interface hands down.

  • Alex

    Chuck Norris approved this as well.

  • MARS

    I’m sorry but Motoblur sucks and should be removed ASAP!!!!!