China conditionally approves Google-Motorola deal

China’s anti-trust authorities have approved Google Inc.’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. with conditions, clearing the regulatory barrier for the search engine giant to grow its mobile business in a market with the world’s largest number of Internet users.

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said in a statement on its website Sunday that to win the approval, Google shall fulfil obligation to keep its open-source Android model on a free and open basis.

The MOC ruling came almost eight months of two extensions of an anti-monopoly review of the acquisition since Google and Motorola Mobility submitted a collective application in China last September.