Android Phones

Google officially owns Motorola, replaces CEO with a Google veteran

May 22, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka


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Motorola is now officially owned and operated by Google. The landmark acquisition was first announced in August 2011, but it did not become official until the deal gained approval from the United States, European Union, and China. Now that these three major hurdles have cleared, Google can start playing with its new toy.

Google has stated that Motorola will operate as a separate business, but it has replaced CEO Sanjay Jha with Dennis Woodside, a Google veteran who has experience at various operations in Europe and Africa. Though Jha will no longer run Motorola, he will continue during a transitional period.

“I’ve known Dennis for nearly a decade, and he’s been phenomenal at building teams and delivering on some of Google’s biggest bets,” Google CEO Larry Page said in an announcement of the deal. “Dennis has always been a committed partner to our customers and I know he will be an outstanding leader of Motorola–and he’s already off to great start with some very strong new hires for the Motorola team.”

Jha stepping down to make way for Woodside doesn’t come as a surprise; previous rumors suggested that this would happen once the deal closed. Still, there may be surprises to come following the acquisition. With Woodside at the help, might we see more stock Android phones, faster updates, or Google TV set-top boxes?