The search giant finally unveiled the Google Nexus 7 tablet - the product of a four-month collaboration with Asus. On the back, the slate has both the Nexus branding and Asus’s name engraved on the rubbery back coating.
What point are we trying to drive home here? There was one company Google spent $12.5 billion on and it didn’t get Google’s largest tablet project. That company as you’ve already guessed by now is Motorola. One thing became glaringly clear - at least for the time being - Moto is not getting the red carpet treatment from Google.
“At first I think our partners weren’t sure whether we really meant what we said about not giving Motorola preferential treatment. But they’ve seen us do another Nexus smartphone with Samsung and the Nexus 7 tablet with Asus, so I think they see that Motorola is not getting preferential treatment. It’s all about the ecosystem,” director of Android partner engineering Patrick Brady, said in an interview for CNET recently.
Software and hardware innovation came a long way in the last couple of days, and we now find it hard to judge who wins the mobile OS battle after all the news we heard, but it seems clear that Google is now winning the battle for manufacturers’ love.