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Google's Eric Schmidt claims again they won't love Motorola more than the other Android kids

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Google's Eric Schmidt claims again they won't love Motorola more than the other Android kids
Google's Eric Schmidt shed some more light in a Bloomberg interview on the purposes behind its $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition. The other Android kids are rightfully worried that Google might play favorites with its new baby, and save a little something something just for Motorola's future handsets and tablets that will set them apart.

It's hard to believe it won't be so to an extent, but Eric Schmidt reiterated it's in Google's best interest to keep the competition among Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony Ericsson as strong as possible:

The Android ecosystem is the No. 1 priority, and that we won’t do anything with Motorola, or anybody else by the way, that would screw up the dynamics of that industry... We need strong, hard competition among all the Android players. We won’t play favorites in the way people are concerned about.

On the other hand, Google's ex-CEO said that the 17 000-strong patent portfolio of Moto has been just one reason to acquire it, and not the main one, in order to bulk up on patents. The company aims to get just enough to achieve a shaky truce in the intellectual property war against Apple and Microsoft, which he said is the way these IP fights have developed in other industries.

What would the other main reasons for the Google-Motorola deal be then, if not solely for patent protection? We are arriving again at Google getting up close and personal with Motorola as a hardware maker, and Eric Schmidt didn't even try to hide it. He said that Motorola for the search giant is a way to better understand how to integrate its software with hardware: “The majority of the reasoning had to do with the fact that we benefit by having a hardware partner at Google who knows how to build the next generation of tablets and phones.

Despite the spin doctoring, it's somehow hard to imagine Andy Rubin only peeping over Motorola engineers' shoulder and taking notes, rather than the process working two-way, and Motorola getting some of the inside info it needs to make its Android products stand out in certain target markets.

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posted on 03 Oct 2011, 13:52 1

1. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

No Googlerola phone :( I perfer they dont play favorites but a Googlerola would be awesome :P

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 13:56 3

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I like it better when Michael writes because he jettisons the stupid fear mongering.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 19:53 1

14. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

well, like i said in the other thread. Michael writes insightful, and sometimes thought provoking stories. But PA has to garner advertising hits so they get paid, so others write stuff that incites flame wars on the threads to garner those hits. Cant blame them for wanting to make money with their time here. They are hitting the phone world from both sides instead of sticking to thoughtful or flame war to get those hits.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 19:54 1

15. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

If peter was still around to spout his "google is going to implode android so Bada can rule the world" lunacy, this thread would already have garnered 100 comments.. lol

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 14:01

3. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

i agree with that sniggly this dude sucks

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 14:44

4. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Nothing will end the cosumers, and other manufacturers, concerns but time. Googles intentions will be shown.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:00 3

5. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Like Google will publicly admit that they will favor Moto over the rest, lol.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:05 1

6. Blade (unregistered)

I hate motorola, they build garbage.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:13 4

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Once in a while maybe. But overall their build quality is pretty damn good.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:14 1

8. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)

Take a look at "Mobile competition part 2" on phonearena : Google wants market shares. So it would be stupid to give an so good advantage to Moto so the gap couldn't be filled by others. Others would just abandon Android. Google has no interest to do that, UNLESS they want to go in Apple's field : make hard & soft, with great margins.

But I don't think so. Therefore, they can give something to Moto phones, but just use it to make a one-nexus-flagship-per-year, to give a flagship to the market, and force others (HTC, Samsung, etc.) to do the same quality in terms of design, performances, etc. And to rease the global quality of Android world

I must precise that my opinion is Android has no real flagship for the moment : which phone has good and original design, solid build quality, performances of the hardware, great display, great camera ? Don't miss the point : Android has some really really good devices, but you must always make compromises. When Iphone 4 was released, nothing was wrong. I really think that.
So I'm really impatient to discover...no, not the Iphone 5 (Iphone is not my taste, apart for the hardware and attention to design), but the Nexus Prime ! I dream of a kind of Nexus S-style without plastic.

But my point is : they can't create a too large gap (by hiding some infos about the last version of Android or I don't know why), it would be counterproductive.

What do you think of it ?

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 18:55

12. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

I don't think Google will play favorites with Moto. That will surely trigger others (HTC, Samsung, etc) leaving android and they can't become another Apple with only Motorola's not so competitive hardwares. The upcoming Nexus Prime will be the top Android flagship going head to head against iPhone5. The following up Nexus device next year will probably be made by Moto but I think new android will be given to other manufacturers soon after that.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 15:15 2

9. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

Why do trolls usually go unregistered

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 16:48

10. Rikkirik (unregistered)

Google is fooling no one but themselves and screwing up Android. Facts are that Google didn't develop Android as a unique patented technology, which makes Google partners open to patent infringement lawsuits. Because of this Microsoft surely and maybe Oracle will earn more money on Android than Google ever will. Second of all the acquisition of Motorola is alienating the partners. HTC and Samsung have already struck a deal with Microsoft to pay licensing fees for the use of Android. Samsung has developed it's own OS (Bada) and HTC has said to be interested in getting their own OS (Meego??). Both companies are pushing WP7,5. HTC already made clear that 30% of their sales comprise WP7 and that they expect WP 7,5 Mango to give Android a run for their money. Samsung is in a cross licensing deal with Microsoft will support WP development. Vendors in Europe are seriously going over to Microsoft since Google made a bid for Moto. Is Schmidt blind to whats happening?? Google is killing Android, whether they favor Motorola or not above other partners.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 17:19 2

11. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Do some people not realize that Google already transfered patents over to HTC from Motorola?

Some people are wishing for a war, that right now, is artificial.

Google has nothing to gain and everything to lose by making their own devices and relegating their OS to one company exclusively.

Some people just need to see this for what it's worth.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 19:51

13. marcusG (unregistered)

well the reson is obvious...Google needs to keep the competition at bay (apple and microsoft) on the pateent war or they may as well trow in th towel! What good doe have an opem OS and not getting profit from it whe your rivals would sue you and you have to pay just to be in the biz...btw the happy suers will be profiting double ( their own OS and from Android too) ..thats the main reason for purchasing motorola..The ideal thing would have been to make a deal with oracle ( a truce with no money exchange) but android has become so visible thats an easy target. My prediction if google doesnt come ahead (with the motto patents) in the courts it m- be downhill for android..no sense in keep paying rolaties to ur competitors...I predict that MSFT could be the winner...The next couple year will see how it pans out.

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