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Chinese regulators approve Google-Moto deal, with major caveat

Google’s proposal to buy Motorola Mobility has received the approval it needed from authorities in China, but with the proviso that Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices remains available to all at no cost for the next five years.

Now that the last hurdle has been cleared, the US$ 12.5bn deal looks set to be completed in a matter of weeks or even days, giving Google access to a war chest of over 17,000 Motorola patents.

The deal will have major repercussions not only for the mobile industry, but also for the TV industry, to which Motorola Mobility is a major supplier of set-top boxes (mainly cable, but also IPTV).

Motorola won this year’s ‘Best Rights and Asset Management for TV’ award for its SecureMedia HLS+ solution at the IP&TV Awards held in London last March (more details here).

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