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Google has built a "firewall" between Android team and Motorola

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There has been a constant bit of concern from the Android community that Google would give an unfair advantage to Motorola after the acquisition went through. And, although there is almost no reason to believe that this will actually happen, or that if it were to happen that Google wouldn't do something really good with it, the fears over this concern have been continually played upon by Google's rivals. 

Of course, Google and Eric Schmidt have continually said that Motorola would be kept separate and run as if it were an independent company. The recent news that Google would be installing its own CEO to replace Motorola's former-CEO Sanjay Jha again made some scared, even though such a move makes perfect sense. Now, it's Android head Andy Rubin's turn to try to reassure people that nothing will change with Android. Rubin made it out to seem that he is in the dark about what is happening with Motorola, saying that he doesn't know who is running the division. Rubin went on to say that Google has "literally built a firewall" between his team and the Motorola team, and that he doesn't know "anything about [its] products". 

Beyond that the Android team and Motorola team are completely separate, Rubin also said that he thinks it's a pretty simple equation to support why it should stay that way. In his view, the simple fact that Motorola holds a single-digit percentage of a highly competitive Android market is reason enough, because Rubin thinks it is essentially impossible for Google to "get Motorola to be 90 plus percent marketshare".

As we expected, it does seem like Google will be sticking to its word and not getting too hands-on with Motorola, at least its mobile device division. There is still a fair shot that Google will be more hands on with other electronics devices, like TV set-top boxes, from Motorola. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 27 Feb 2012, 17:46 4

1. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


i guess that shines some light on this dark time in our lives lol

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 18:19 5

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7119; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Unfortunately, even though what Andy says makes perfect sense, the FUD machine will keep rolling, belching out billowing bulls**t smoke.

Good article anyway, Michael. :)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 18:24 2

3. Skidro13 (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)


I wouldnt mind seeing Android team and Moto collaborate in depth to put out some kick ass devices. If anything have Moto make the next nexus.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 18:41 1

4. joex2 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Some idiot still believes in Google?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 20:48 12

7. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Probably the same idiot that gave you access to the internet.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 18:49

5. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


lol

countdown til they isolate other android manufacturers

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 19:14 3

6. gemmabba (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 May 2011)


"Motorola would be kept separate and run as if it were an independent company" riiiiighht suuuure.... :D

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 20:58 1

8. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Google doesn't need or want Moto's mobile phone division google wants motos patents and wants to get into other comunications/advertising electronics like moto's cable boxes Imagine your comcast cable box or verizon box with google on demand or google HD radios

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:10

9. Twitch016 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


While I'm glad that Google is debunking the mudslinging of other OEMs, I'm a bit disappointed that it's being called a "firewall" and that they plan to operate entirely separately. Motorola would be an excellent way for Google to lead the "alliance" created last year by providing top-tier update service and software accessibility (read: either stock Android or less intrusive UI plus easy option to flash stock). I had really hoped this would improve some of the minor concerns with fragmentation and update speeds this way (not to mention the build quality they could ensure!).

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 01:04

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 630; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Actually Google is actually combating the crap talk from MS about when Goog absorbs Moto that would give Moto an unfair advantage with android OS. MS surely likes to sow seeds of discord yes, trying to get more OEM's to make devices using their OS. It's a dirty job and MS knows how to do it.

Google wouldn't make such a stupid mistake as to do something like that, it makes no sense. Now outside of the mobile world that is another story, moto has some very lucrative stuff going on in other areas.

Only thing that I think Google would do in the mobile space with Moto is should Moto get the go ahead with a Nexus, that is about it. Goog might work closely and have them tie down some kick ass specs. I just hope the next Nexus is done by Moto, they deserve to have a shot at it. The Razr and Razr Maxx speaks volumes for what is going on with this rejuvenated Motorola. I would love to see a Razr thin Nexus running on OMAP 5 A15 28nm Quad Core running @ 2.0Ghz(scalable), 2GB of high speed RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, LTE, Wireless A,B,G,N, NFC and all that jazz. Just include an improved Maxx battery or a middle ground battery(as to not have those incredibly long recharge cycles). Nice SRGB 720p(there aren't any 1080p programming anywhere in the world, why waste power that can be used elsewhere?) 4.3-4.7 in screen OLED would be nice but doubt the price would be. The tech heads at Moto would probably come up with something nice if they had a shot at the next Nexus all Vanilla Android device...just keep it away from VZW and their proprietary crap.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 02:39

11. Sairasie (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


may be it happens because of security issues

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