Google wins final approval from China for Motorola takeover

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Path now clear for £7.9 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, but Google must keep Android software free for other manufacturers for up to five years

Google has won approval from Chinese regulators to clear the way for its $12.5 billion (£7.9 billion) takeover of Motorola Mobility.

As part of the deal, Google must keep its Android software free for other device manufacturers for up to five years.

It also sees Google gain access to more than 17,000 of Motorola’s patents, helping it to defend itself in patent disputes with other vendors.

The acquisition, which was announced last August, had already received the go-ahead from regulators in the US and Europe in February.

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