Yesterday China approved Google’s acquisition of Motorola, but as part of the deal Google agreed to keep Android open source for at least 5 more years.

Currently anyone can download the Android source code and do what they want with it. With yesterdays’ acquisition it seems that that isn’t going to be changing anytime soon.

While it seems very odd for the Chinese government to ask for such a promise, it most likely wanted to make sure Google does not give Motorola special treatment over other OEMs.

[Source: 9to5google]