EU approval of Google’s acquisition of Motorola could happen next week

According to Foo Yun Chee of Reuters, the EU regulators will most likely approve Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility sometime next week:

(Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O) is expected to win approval next week from European regulators, as well as from U.S. antitrust authorities, for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility (MMI.N), according to people familiar with the matter.

Web search leader Google, which is buying the handset maker to boost its patent portfolio, is seen winning unconditional EU clearance for the deal, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

The deal was announced last August.

Now, I have (next to) nothing against Google or Motorola Mobility, but with the latter going on the offensive and misusing industry-standard patents against rivals by choosing not to license them on FRAND terms, as well as Google coming out and confirming that they will support Motorola’s actions. I really cannot see why this acquisition is going to be approved.

While this isn’t the last place the deal needs to be approved, I can assume that if the EU approves the acquisition, other nations which have yet to decide will eventually follow suit.

But if there is one thing which could be viewed as a positive (for Motorola users at least), it will be that Motorola will most likely push out updates for their Android devices much faster than they are currently are doing now.


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