Just days after receiving approval from the Chinese government, Google has completed its $12.5 billion (£7.9 billion) purchase of Motorola Mobility.

In a deal that is Google’s largest to date, the firm had to receive ratification from EU and US authorities, as well as Chinese officials before it could be completed.

A stipulation added by the Chinese government stated that Google must keep its mobile operating system Android free for use for at least the next five years.

This is the internet search giant’s first move into the manufacturing of mobile phones and tablets.

In a blog post, Google’s chief executive Larry Page said the devices in people’s pockets are now “supercomputers” and he is enthused at what the firm can achieve.

“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,” he continued.

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