Google-Motorola deal clears Chinese hurdle

Chinese regulators have reportedly approved Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility, clearing the way for the merger to proceed

Chinese authorities have given the greenlight for Google to ratify its purchase of phonemaker Motorola Mobility, according to Reuters.

In a report on Saturday, the news wire stated that China's approval was the last regulatory hurdle to the $12.5bn (£7.9bn) deal that would allow the internet giant to develop its own line of mobile phones.

The US and Europe had already approved the deal in February.

One unnamed source added that a main condition for the Chinese to approve the sale was for the Android operating system to remain free and open for five years, Reuters stated.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see China approves Google-Motorola Mobility deal on ZDNet Asia.

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