Okay, as soon as it was announced that Motorola had been bought by Google, people’s thoughts immediately turned to the question of what this would mean for everybody else who makes Android phones. The biggest question, though was about whether it’d mean Motorola would be used to make a full-on Google phone, thus making Google compete directly with other manufacturers, such as HTC and Samsung, who were using Google’s own platform.
In other words, the question was: would Google make an OS for those manufacturers to use, only to then make their own phone using the same OS, which would compete directly with the people who they’d just supplied an OS to?
Yeah, y’know, when you say it like that, the idea does sound counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? Well, anyway, according to PocketNow, Eric Schmidt has given us an answer. Speaking in Korea, he had this to say:
“We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.”
Which sounds pretty categorical, eh? Motorola ain’t going to get preferential treatment, and every other manufacturer will still get the same perks and the same treatment they get now.
So, everyone can stop worrying, now…
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