Google completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility

May 22, 2012
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Google completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Google made some waves back in August when it purchased Motorola Mobility, starting mass speculation about the future of Android. So far little has changed as the company has jumped through regulatory hoops, but now it’s official. Google has announced that the acquisition has now been completed, just a few days after China approved the deal.

Larry Page took to the official Google blog to detail the changes going forward. Long time CEO of Motorola Sanjay Jha has stepped down, with Dennis Woodside taking his place. Woodside has been with Google for quite a while, serving as SVP and President of Google Americas. Page credits Woodside with increasing Google’s revenue in America from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in three years.

There’s still no indication of what Google intends to do with Motorola. The company has stated in the past that there will be a wall between the two divisions to allay fears from Android OEM partners. Still, the press release does state that the Motorola acquisition will help “supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing.” What that means for Android going forward remains to be seen.


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