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Regulators sanction Google’s Motorola bid


By John Glenday, Reporter

February 14, 2012 | 1 min read

A £7.9bn bid by Google for Motorola Mobility, has won approval from both US and European regulators – although a decision is still pending from regulators in China, Taiwan and Israel. Vital if the deal is to proceed.

Both the European Commission and their US counterparts agreed that the deal raised no competition issues in the market for mobile operating systems but will monitor the company and rivals’ use of patents.

Motorola Mobility is the former phone and tablet computing arm of the electronics giant, hived off last year when the company split in two.

Google vice-president Don Harrison said: “As we outlined in August, the combination of Google and Motorola Mobility will help supercharge Android.”

"It will also enhance competition and offer consumers faster innovation, greater choice and wonderful user experiences."


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