Motorola Confirms Business as Usual Post-Google Acquisition
While Google had gone on record numerous times in the past that it would allow Motorola to operate independently of the Android team after it would acquire the Droid-maker. The Android software giant says that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility not to compete in the hardware space, but to add that company’s patents to its own portfolio to strengthen Android’s position after various Android hardware-makers have been forced to pay licensing fees to Microsoft and/or are being sued by Apple over patent litigation. Now, at Mobile World Congress, it seems that Motorola Mobility is going on record to confirm what Google has been saying all along–that Motorola will continue operations as usual after the acquisition gets completed.
According to Motorola senior vice president of portfolio and product management Alain Mutricy, Motorola Mobility will operate as a separate entity from Google, allowing Motorola to maintain independent from Google. Mutricy says that it’s in Google’s interest to keep Android open and Google’s Andy Rubin says that Google is building a ‘firewall‘ between Motorola and Google. This should help to alleviate concerns from other Android hardware manufacturers that Google may be favoring Motorola, especially where the next-generation Nexus device is concerned.
With every major release of Android, Google usually picks one hardware manufacturer to partner with, giving that manufacturer advanced release of codes and offering engineering and other support to design the Google-branded Nexus. In the past, Google had worked with HTC and Samsung for phone releases, as well as Motorola for the first tablet-centric version of the Android OS under Honeycomb.
While Motorola rivals, such as Samsung, HTC, LG, and others, have publicly supported Google in the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, there are reports that privately each company is wary of how that will impact the Android ecosystem.
Unlike RIM and Apple, Google doesn’t appear to want to enter the smartphone hardware space and is content licensing out its mobile OS, much in the way that Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone 7. That said, in recent months, there have been numerous reports that Google is creating new hardware with anything from a home entertainment system to a new branded tablet to a head-mounted display.
Additionally, if reports about Android 5.0 Jelly Bean are correct, it appears that Google may be adopting some of Motorola’s innovation, including creating a Lapdock option for the entire Android ecosystem.
Via: Fierce Wireless