China Approves Google – Motorola Deal, Wants Android To Remain Open Source
Last year Google announced they are willing to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12 billion, but the deal haven’t been completed, yet. The Chinese government was initially against the Google – Motorola deal, but now it seems the Asians have approved the acquisition, several months after the European and American authorities approved Google’s bid.
But China has its conditions: Google will have to keep the Android OS open source for the next five years. It’s hard to believe that Google won’t respect this condition, especially because the fact that the Android is open source made it so famous and highly appreciated.
The Chinese authorities’ interest in Android remaining open source is easy to explain: most of the low-cost Android terminals are manufactured in China, an they generate important profits for the Asian country. Just look at the problems of the Windows 8 RT OEMs, which will have to add the Windows 8 licence costs to the final price of the tablet, making them less competitive on a market already full of cheap tablets. That’s the reason why Android became world’s most popular operating system, as you can find Google’s OS on smartphones and tablets with ridiculously low price tags of $65 or $35.
When Google announced their decision to buy the phone division of Motorola, many of the analysts interpreted the deal as the search engine giant’s attempt to have an upper hand advantage in the patent wars against Apple. Thus, no one expects Google to start developing smartphones together with Motorola Mobility, but only to use the phone maker’s patents to fight their rivals in courts.
Just look at Motorola’s current line-up of high end devices, like Droid RAZR, RAZR Maxx and Droid Bionic, as none of the aforementioned devices have receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, yet, when they should be the first smartphones upgradable to latest Android firmwares.