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Motorola hasn't even gotten Android ICS yet, Eric Schmidt reiterates Google will keep it independent

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Motorola hasn't even gotten Android ICS yet, Eric Schmidt reiterates Google will keep it independent
During his current tour in Asia, Google's Eric Schmidt said for the umpteenth time that Motorola will continue to work independently from Google despite the acquisition, trying to dissuade the persistent rumors that its handsets and tablets will receive preferential treatment.

"In general, with all of our partners, we told them that the Motorola deal will close and we will run it sufficiently and independently, that it will not violate the openness of Android … we're not going to change in any material way the way we operate", said Eric Schmidt today.

These words were uttered in South Korea, the home turf of Samsung and LG, which are the world's second and third largest cell phone manufacturers, respectively. 

Motorola chimed in its turn, via its VP of Software Development Ruth Hennigar, saying that it hasn't even gotten the source code of Android Ice Cream Sandwich yet, let alone started to do something with it. It will be up to six months, she said, before ICS  becomes widely available on devices.

We know this is supposed to quell the rumors about preferential treatments, but it's not something that owners of Motorola handsets and tablets will be very happy to hear, while waiting for their respective updates to the latest and greatest.

It is interesting to follow how Google's first huge hardware acquisition will unfold, but let's not get ahead of ourselves before the deal has closed completely next year.

source: Guardian & EETimes

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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:24 4

1. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

"We will be updating our devices to ICS, early 2012."

...And the truth comes out...

"It will be up to six months, she said, before ICS becomes widely available on devices."

Two words...


posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:49 1

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

i doubt it will be 6 months. but if it is 6 months, I'm pretty sure theres a lot of beasts that will come out in Q1 next year. Galaxy Nexus will be blown away.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:14 1

6. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

"widely available" = On more than a handful of devices.

So even if the Evo 3D, Sensation, Rezound, Vivid, Droid 3, Bionic, Razr, and SGS2 all get upgraded in 1Q12, that's still not "widely available".

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:57 1

13. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

Well, "early 2012" can really mean anytime between January and June. They say "early" bc they hope to it to be between Jan and March but really... You can't know for sure, until Motorola knows for sure.

But even if it's 6 months from Nov, that's May so...

I'm not saying Moto is going to drop the ball on updating, but people are unusually certain that Moto is going to get it out fast. Like, faster than usual. "Usual" kind of referring to the average speed of OEMs in the last 2 years.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:36 3

2. Trainer (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Maybe this will silence the critics that thought they would follow Microsoft's special treatment of Nokia. It wouldn't fall in line with Google's plan to dominate through proliferation if they gave special treatment to Motorola.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:30

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

how is microsoft giving nokia special treatment? They arent letting them change the UI in any manner. And the manufacturers can have their own apps on the phone, Nokia isn't going to be the first to do this.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:05

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I hope it does have ICS and when it comes out hope AT&T will get it first. since Verizon always gets the better phones

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:10

5. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Yep, that's google. ICS may be ready for other phones but they won't release it because they want to sell nexus.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:22

7. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

I don't mind the wait as long as I get it. I'm in contract either way for another year. earlier ICS comes the better :)

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:26 2

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

but but but.. but peter said that his inside source was infallable and that moto was going to be the prime supplier of android stuff!! lol

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:42

10. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Alas, Peter's not here to defend himself.

Has Android reached critical mass at this point such that no other mobile OS will overtake it for the next 10 years?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:50 1

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

critcal mass? no, none of them have. Less than 1/3 of the world has a smartphone so there is plenty of room left for everyone to grow.
Its going to be hard for android to be taken from the #1 spot.. the open availiblity and pliability of its OS to fit nearly every purpose pretty much garuntees its survival unless google just kills it. Thats not going to happen.
Is it unsinkable ?? definately not, but its going to take a lot of unforseen things to happen to take its crown away. Just like windows.. no matter how many people hate on windows, or complain about vista, its going to retain its crown more than likely until the day we stop using OS'es (however that might work).

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:31

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i knew nobody had the source code yet. not even the Nexus makers get the source code for themselves. now Motorola did say updates will come in early 2012 so maybe they'll follow in Samsung's footsteps and update their devices with a stock build and then skin them in an update later.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:55 2

12. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

Lol android..

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:30 1

14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Lol your name being paulyyd.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 21:03

16. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

is it just me or is this guy has been taking a lot of attention ever since jobs died....

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 00:05 2

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

So let me get this straight:

If there's a hint that Motorola and Google are working together, you cry foul about Motorola getting preferential treatment, which will destroy the hell out of Android.

But if there's a statement that they will not be working together, you talk about how pissed people should be that Motorola won't be getting updates faster than anyone else.

There's just no pleasing you guys, is there?

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 09:16

18. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Lol, this is something I notice with people there just is no pleasing them, they want their cake and eat it too. sigh!

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