Google might want to take over Motorola, but things aren’t always nice and smooth. Apparently, the search giant has to wait for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to give the green light, sources told the Wall Street Journal. The DOJ is expected to rule somewhere next week. In August of last year, Google agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility for $40 per share in cash, which adds up to $12.5 billion.
We hope Google is going to make it this time, since the last deal it attempted (to acquire 6,000 patents of Nortel Networks Corp) failed miserably. Motorola Mobility is a juicy opportunity for Google since it holds the most interesting portfolio in the industry with over 17,000 patents and 7,500 more pending.
The deal might also bring new fresh creative additions to Google’s mobile department. Since it is known that Motorola is as dedicated as the search giant in developing designs and innovating Android-powered devices. The two make a perfect match. Google also stated that Motorola Mobility will be run as a separate business after the deal is sealed.
The Google-Motorola partnership was supposed to be a done deal by the end of 2011, but somehow regulatory fillings intervened in the schedule. It will be very interesting to see what Google and Motorola’s combined power can come up with in the mobile ecosystem.