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DoJ asks Google for more information on Motorola deal

HTC and Samsung have to hold on a bit longer
Thu Sep 29 2011, 11:56

SMARTPHONE DEVELOPER Google has been asked by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to provide more information on its plan to buy Motorola Mobility.

Google's planned $12.5bn purchase of Motorola's handset division is more about securing the Android operating system than owning one of the oldest names in the mobile phone business. However last month's announcement by the two firms still has to be rubber stamped by the DoJ, which has asked for further information about the deal.

The DoJ has made a second request, which Google has tried to play down by saying that it is "pretty routine". Dennis Woodside, SVP at Google said, "We believe very strongly this is a pro-competitive transaction that is good for Motorola Mobility, good for consumers, and good for our partners."

Google's partners are the Android handset makers that are facing lawsuits from Apple and Microsoft, while Oracle is claiming billions in damages from Google, all relating to Android. Although Google has said it isn't buying Motorola Mobility just for its 17,000 or so patents, it's definitely a major reason.

Even though the DoJ has asked for more information, Woodside said Google is confident that it will end up approving the deal. However he added "this means we won't be closing [the Motorola Mobility deal] right away".

Curiously, firms such as HTC and Samsung might be just as eager for the DoJ to green light the Google-Motorola deal, as they stand to gain almost as much as Google itself. µ


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