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Google keeping Android free for next five years

May 22, 2012
Tan Ming Sin

22 May 2012 – In the process of acquiring Motorola, Google has agreed to keep Android free and available for the next five years. This was reported as a step to gain approval from the Chinese antitrust authorities. No information as to why the Chinese requested for that, though, there is speculation that other mobile-manufacturers are afraid that Google might favor Motorola in their next Android release as what they did for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Earlier, we have reported that Google will grant mobile makers early access to Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean). This may have just come along as part of Google plans, although a Google spokeswoman declinde to comment on the change in strategy.

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