Google Completes £8bn Motorola Takeover

Dennis Woodside named new CEO of company

Google has completed its £8 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility and installed Dennis Woodside as CEO, the search giant has confirmed.

Motorola will be run by Google as a separate business, with the company claiming that the acquisition “will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing.”

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“I’m excited to announce today that our Motorola Mobility deal has closed,” said Google CEO Larry Page in a blog post. “Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone. And as a company who made a big, early bet on Android, Motorola has become an incredibly valuable partner to Google.”

Page confirmed that Sanjay Jha has stepped down as CEO from Motorola Mobility, which was formed when Motorola’s handset operation was separated from its business division in December 2010. Woodside, who oversaw Google’s acquisition, has replaced him, but Jha will work towards ensuring the transition is a smooth one.

“Motorola literally invented the entire mobile industry with the first-ever commercial cell phone in 1983. Thirty years later, mobile devices are at the center of the computing revolution,” commented Woodside. “Our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world.”

Google has confirmed that Android will remain an open system and Page was keen to stress the importance of mobile to the company’s future strategy.

“Many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine, and the impact of that transition will be profound-as will the ability to just tap and pay with your phone,” said Page. “That’s why it’s a great time to be in the mobile business, and why I’m confident Dennis and the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come.”

The takeover overcame the last major regulatory hurdle yesterday when the Chinese authorities gave their conditional approval, providing that Android remained freely available to manufacturers without discrimination for five years. The European Union gave its consent to the acquisition in February.

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