Google's finally sealed the deal on its bid to, meaning that the search giant now officially owns the smart phone-spawning company.
Google boss Larry Page broke the news on Google's blog, confirming that the $12.5bn (£7.9bn) buyout is finished at last. Page's first action has been to install "long-time Googler" Dennis Woodside as Motorola Mobility's new chief, with previous CEO Sanjay Jha stepping down.
Google was given thefrom Chinese regulators over the weekend. The deal means that Google -- which deals primarily in software -- now has a hardware department.
It's thought that Google's aim in buying the company was to take ownership of Motorola's slew of valuable patents, giving Google legal ammunition in its fight to defend Android from the likes of Apple and Microsoft.
Despite having been invested in Android for a long time, and despite the impending Google purchase, Motorola's recent tech has been more than a little lacklustre.
A condition of the purchase was that Android stay free for the next five years, so don't expect other manufacturers to stop making Android-powered mobiles any time soon. Perhaps now though we'll see Motorola using its relationship with Google to produce some really compelling smart phones.
A Google tablet is-- Asus is said to be building it, however, rather than Motorola. It's reportedly going to cost around £125, have a 7-inch display and launch in July.
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