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Google's Motorola Acquisition Finalized, New CEO Named

Authored by: Steven Blum — May 22, 2012

Google has finally completed their purchase of Motorola Mobility today for a cool $12.5 billion in cash eight months after the buyout was first announced. The acquisition was formerly held up by government approval processes (most recently China). 

Now, as expected, Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha is stepping down and Google's own Dennis Woodside will replace him. Previously, Woodside was the president of Google's Americas region, although he's also worked in deals across the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia (In short, dude's got chops).

As you know, the Motorola deal is ginormous. The sheer size and scope of the buyout is baffling. The Motorola deal gives Google access to some 17,000 patents and another 7,500 pending patents across a range of technologies, including 2G, 3G, LTE and video decompression.


Source: All Things D

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • CJ Brown May 24, 2012 Link to comment

    I still consider this a Strategic Move (ie it kept Microsoft from buying Motorola), however now that Google owns a Smart Phone Manufacturer .... perhaps they can develop improvements (& updates) to the Android OS rapidly before sharing with other Smart Phone Manufacturers for Android Smart Phones (SAMSUNG, HTC, etc) ...

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