The European Commission has cleared Google's proposed buy-out of Motorola Mobility, the company has announced on its official blog. Google has hailed the EC's decision as an "important milestone" which brings the acquisition closer to completion. It was reported last week that the U.S. Department of Justice looks set to approve the deal too, and Google says it's awaiting confirmation from just "a few more jurisdictions" before everything's finalized.
Google and Motorola Mobility announced the deal last August, with Google paying a cool $12.5 billion for the manufacturer. This gives Google control of Moto's extensive patent portfolio, which will no doubt prove useful in the on-going legal battles between Android OEMs and Apple. In today's blog post, Google restated its belief that the acquisition will help "supercharge Android" and offer users "faster innovation, greater choice and wonderful user experiences."
Source: Google Blog