Google won approval from Chinese regulators for its $12.5bn (£7.9bn) purchase of Motorola Mobility earlier this week, and Google co-founder Larry Page confirmed in a blog post that the deal has now closed.
A raft of personnel changes have also been announced, with current chief executive Sanjay Jha standing down in favour of “longtime Google Dennis Woodside”.
Page said “Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone. We all remember Motorola’s StarTAC, which at the time seemed tiny and showed the real potential of these devices. And as a company who made a big, early bet on Android, Motorola has become an incredibly valuable partner to Google.”
Woodside developed Google’s businesses in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, and Page said he recently “helped increase our revenue in the U.S. from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in under three years as President of the Americas region”.
Page emphasised the future impact of mobile technology. “It’s a well known fact that people tend to overestimate the impact technology will have in the short term, but underestimate its significance in the longer term. Many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine, and the impact of that transition will be profound – as will the ability to just tap and pay with your phone.”
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