Authorities in China have cleared Google's plan to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
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If the deal closes, it will be Google's first hardware acquisition. It will also give the company access to Motorola's treasure trove of 17,000 patents.
Chinese regulators attached one big condition to their approval, according to the Associated Press: That Android for mobile devices will remain free for at least five years. Google has also received the go-ahead from Europeon and American authorities to move forward with the acquisition.
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