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Google is almost finished accepting bids for Motorola Mobility’s set top box business, The Wall Street Journal said Friday. Google purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in August of last year, but sees little need in keeping the part of the business that develops set top boxes for cable televisions. The division of Motorola is expected to fetch up to $2.5 billion in the auction, although bids are expected to fall between $1.5 and $2 billion, the report said. Google may still hang on to the patents related to the business and may just sell off the hardware aspect, which means it could still use the IP to license tech to other firms.

Google has already entered the set top business itself, with the introduction of the “Google TV” software that’s used by several firms. The consumer response has been lukewarm so far, although we suspect Google will continue to push forward with the Android-based platform. Perhaps we’ll hear more on the topic during the firm’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, in May.

[via The Wall Street Journal]