When Google announced they were purchasing Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion dollars back on August 15th, analysts, armchair quarterbacks, bloggers and journalists predicted it may mean an Android sudden death for other OEM’s. HTC and Samsung have banked the majority of their smartphone portfolio’s on Google’s Android operating system. While both companies also manufacturer smartphones for the Windows Phone operating system, their focus has clearly been with Android.
In the short time since the announcement HTC has lost their chief innovation officer, Samsung lost their CTO and both companies have been rumored to be working on other operating systems as well. The most recent report has Samsung buying into the development and rollout of a new open source operating system based on the Linux kernel called Tizen.
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In an interview with Bloomberg that was published today, Schmidt vehemently denied that the Android strategy within Google would change. Andy Rubin has stated this during the day of the Motorola announcement. Rubin also made sure that everyone knew that Motorola would have to compete for the “Nexus” program as well.
“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,” Schmidt told Bloomberg. “We need strong, hard competition among all the Android players. We won’t play favorites in the way people are concerned about.”
Schmidt went on to say what a big part Motorola’s 17,000 patents played into the decision to acquire the Libertyville Illinois based company. Schmidt reiterated what we’ve already heard and that is the Motorola patent portfolio will be used to defend all of Android’s partners.
Schmidt told Bloomberg:
We’re actually very happy with Motorola … The fact that they also had one of the best patent portfolios was certainly a component of our decision, but certainly not the only one. From the standpoint of [not] doing evil, that is a principle that we use to help judge our decisions around consumers. Are we doing something that is pro-consumer? I’m quite sure that protecting the Android system, making sure Android innovation can occur broadly, our hardware partners can import hardware into the U.S. and so on, is pro-consumer and pro-competitive. I think it’s a very good thing to be doing.” (source: Allthingsd)
The pending purchase of Motorola Mobility is really an issue of wait and see. We won’t be able to see the impact it has on other OEM’s until Motorola Monbility is firmly under Google’s wings. We do know that the other OEM’s are cautiously moving forward with Android.
Samsung released a new version of their propriety OS called Bada at this years IFA show in Berlin last month. They also brought top Android ROM guy Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik on board. It’s worthy to note that in addition to the CyanogenMod Kondik is very well versed in Linux which could mean we see his work contributing to Tizen as well.