Feb 13 AT 5:10 PM Anthony Domanico 50 Comments

European Commission and U.S. Department of Justice bless Google Motorola merger


As expected, the European Commission rendered their verdict on the pending merger between Google and Motorola Mobility, and the verdict brings good news for the Mountain View company. The European Commission was likely to be one of the biggest hurdles Googorola would need to overcome to get the deal approved, and Europe today officially blessed the deal.

Hot off the heals of the European Commission’s approval, the U.S. Department of Justice also approved the deal this afternoon, leaving China, Israel, and Taiwan as the only countries left to weigh in on the deal.

With approval from the U.S. and a blessing from Europe, it looks all but certain that Google will be allowed to merge with Motorola in early 2012. Google is now awaiting approval from a handful of jurisdictions around the world, and the deal is likely to close as early as the next few months.

With this merger, we hope that the combined company will either completely rework Motorola’s UI overlay, or ditch it altogether in favor of stock Android. We also hope that Google will stick to its ways of offering unlockable bootloaders on all of Motorola’s phones, something the development community has been waiting on for over a year now. Time will tell how the merger plays out, and whether the two companies will largely integrate or remain separate operating units.

What do you hope for in Googorola? Sound off in the comments.

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  • spazby

    pure android experience please…

    • Jeff Pan

      Not just that – go get Apple using those Moto patents !

      • spazby

        no question about that

      • 12fret

        They can’t. Read the DoJ statement.

        • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

          It’s fine for them to talk about interoperability. But I can’t see it happening this decade

      • tROubLEd-One

        So you basically want to see Google be like Apple and sue everyone that are using the Moto patents?.I would love to see a pure android phone from Moto but I would never want to see Google sink to Apples level.

  • T1392

    I personally would love to see Googorola bless us with stock for everyone. I want a 4.65-5 inch screen stock android 4.0+ on screen keys cause physical & capacitive buttons are so 2010, unlocked bootloader, 2mp front HD cam with a 8-12mp 1080p HD cam on back. Hdmi out, SD card support, Gorilla glass 2 screen with motorola’s water repelent technology.

    • WlfHart

      That sounds like a dream device to me.

  • aranea

    Totally agree spazby. Ditch the blur go pure Android and keep the updates coming.

  • josh

    I want a Motorola cable box with Google TV built into it

    • NotRelevent

      Motorola Mobility has nothing to do with Moto’s cable box business. That would be the other Motorola..ie Motorola Solutions.

      • compmanic

        you are wrong. The cable business is part of motorola mobility.

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    ditch blur

  • fatspirit

    Next Google phone will be really the Google phone (: And to be serious: now Google will be not only the software giant, but will probably have some kind of reference platform for the whole Android world.

  • inviolable

    Googorola. Has that been trademarked already?

    • honourbound68

      Moogle (as opposed to muggle sorry harry potter reference lol) on the serious side, it would be good for Google to have a hardware division to continue developing/enhancing the os. that plus, moto won’t have google to blame anymore for the time it takes to release updates.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        Moogle is a Final Fantasy name, so good luck with that.

        • Owain

          Fictional characters and personal communications devices – I see no conflict there, they won’t have an issue registering it.

          • xsynth

            I like Moogle much better than Googorola

            Or maybe GoMoMo (since it’s Moto Mobility, not just Moto)

          • http://None Javier Bastardo

            I like GoMoMo, has a funky fun name, like Meego or Boot 2 Gecko

  • T1392

    Motorola did say they’ll release fewer phones a year now. So maybe Google will put out different types of phones for the stock users like a stock moto kb phone (for the all day texters) stock cheap phone (for the kids) High end android maniac wet dreams type phone (for us so called geeks) and a keyboard droid pro type style (for bussiness peeps)


    anyone else thinks this will mostly benefit Verizon?

    • Zeratoda1

      im tired of Verizon getting all Motorola Phones so yeah i believe it will only benefit Verizon. If Motorola would have released the Motorola Razr to all carriers I would have gladly shelled out several hundred dollars since back in the day i always wanted the flip phone Razr which if i remember right was practically owned by everyone.

      • BiGMERF

        i still have the Tmo one from yeeeeears ago.lol. You can IMport the GSM model. But yea, its foolish that they did not. They lost a lot of sales based on the Razr name itself

    • GeauxLSU

      Depends on what Google decides to do with the bootloader. Verizon loves to have their phones locked down tight.

    • tROubLEd-One

      I doubt it.To me it’s the other way around,other carriers will mostly benefit.Probably Google won’t show as much favoritism to Verizon as Motorola did before the merger.

  • slurms mckenzie

    ditch blur, the ugly “blocky” designs (X,X2,etc), the ugly top camera humps, unlock the bootloaders

  • Hall Lo

    “or ditch it altogether in favor of stock Android”
    Exactly! Please Moto :D

  • greeny42

    Go Go Googorola! I’d be happy if Google just got Moto to focus on more quality and less quantity. Take pity on the early adopters.

  • thaghost

    As a motorola shareholder, i hope this makes me a lot of $$$$!

  • Steve Barry

    If they only go stock Android, they won’t sell many phones. Not compared to the others anyway. The majority of people wouldn’t like stock android because it lacks ‘features’. Now, Blur sucks, no question about it. IMO, I think it be best they revamp Blur, then give each phone the option to remove it and everything with it. However, I do think right out of the box, it should contain Blur. I just think that would appeal more to the masses than a vanilla android device. While we all here would love nothing but Android, we’re not really a target market for anyone, let along a company the size of Google/Motorola.

    • delinear

      I was thinking the same thing – it’s unlikely they’ll remove the custom UI but with Google’s guidance, maybe they can render the whole thing as an app, like a launcher, so users can uninstall it for the stock Android experience or re-install it if they miss the features.

      I know this probably limits what they can do with the custom UI, how deeply integrated they can make it, etc. but it still sounds like a good compromise to me. A phone that Joe Public AND the more tech savvy can both enjoy without having to risk voiding warranties/introducing security concerns by rooting etc.

  • bemymonkey

    Droid 4 Nexus please!

  • h0ruza

    Everyone expects a Google phone from this merger but first of all Motorola needs a shake up which could take more than a year.

    When Motorola starts using better quality components and stops making needless phones it will be ready to create a Nexus phone.

    I dobt care who makes the next Nexus phone surely we should expect the best in a Nexus phone?

  • h0ruza

    I’m looking forward to the (little bit of) freedom the patents will give Google.

  • jsweetser2

    Go Google. More patents means more defense against Apple, and more innovation

  • Thomas MacDougall

    hopefully ill be able to get android on my moto set top box

  • alexanderharri3

    We’ll see….first on the table is a fresh lawsuit from Apple, eh?

    Maybe we’ll get what everyone secretly wants – custom skin + ability to turn on/off every piece of it. Some pieces are an improvement (many of which were built into ICS – drag and drop folders like Sense, etc). Win-Win.

  • Lightning7

    Then we won’t have to wait for the new Nexus hopefully, because Motorola devices will be Google regulated aka Pure Android aka Nexus(-ish)

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    So I’m curious – what happens if China comes out with some BS reason to block this merger (with the real reason being how Google has called out and even defied the Chinese gov’t in the past)? If China and only China denies the merger, what does Google do?

    • delinear

      They’re unlikely to veto it outright (they’d need a very good reason other than “We don’t like how they treated us in the past”, otherwise they will scare away the kind of investment they’re actively encouraging right now).

      What they might do is ask for guarantees on how the company is structured – i.e. that Google is not allowed to give preferential treatment to Moto when it comes to software release dates, etc. To be honest though, I’ll be surprised if they say anything. Most of these devices are either already made in China, or China is a strong contender to win the manufacturing business, so I’m not sure they would rock the boat unless they felt it would give them a strong advantage.

  • Lightning7

    DOJ officially agreed a few minutes ago..come on China!

    • mrwirez

      Google waiting on China?… Oh NO!!

  • jamal adam

    Google FTW!! The future is now looking even brighter. Can’t wait to see what Google will do.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    I am going to make a bold prediction — Motorola will still make skinned phones, bootloader will still be locked. I am going to bet 1 cent that it will be business as usual, until some disasters happen and Google finally steps in and make changes (and it’s going to be a while.) The reason why I feel it this way is I don’t see a commitment from Google to get involved in supporting a consumer device. Even if they want to, frankly, I don’t have much faith in Google not messing that up because that’s not their strength — they really haven’t make anything that targets the consumer. They tried, with the Nexus One, but failed miserably and later pronounced that it’s a developer device.

    I will be a very happy guy if the reality proves that I am wrong.

  • aranea

    Let me be the first one to say it here. US DoJ has also formally approved the deal. So now the big one to wait for is China.

    • spazby

      Lightning 7 got you beat…

      • aranea

        Oh yeah. Faster connection I guess.

  • Jarl

    i hope google will bring motorola back to europe, so i can finally get the razr maxx

  • kungpaodragon

    As a fanboy of collaborative innovation, I LIKE IT!