Google made big waves in the Android ecosystem on Monday morning when they announced that they were in a definitive agreement to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion dollars.
Google had received statements from Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG that they posted on their website. In all four statements the CEO’s and Presidents of Android’s other top OEM partners all praised the Google/Motorola deal and said that they were glad Google was defending the Android ecosystem. By the next day it was reported that Samsung and LG may not have been as thrilled as their statements said. There have been widespread reports that Samsung is looking to beef up their own proprietary OS “Bada” and may also do more WP7 phones. Although, at least for the rest of the year they are committed to Android.
LG is also in a wait and see position and for now is committed to Android.
HTC on the other hand has made a big statement in favor of Google and Android. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou seems un-phased from the Google/Motorola Marriage. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Chou said:
“It’s not the operating system, it’s the ecosystem, We think we can find a way to differentiate to add value, but at the same time leverage our partners, Google and Microsoft, since we have such a great relationship with them.”
HTC was the first OEM partner for Google’s Android Operating System with the T-Mobile G1. They were also the first OEM chosen for Google’s Nexus program with the Nexus One. HTC was the private label manufacturer for the popular MyTouch series of Android devices from T-Mobile. They were also the first out of the gate with a 4G/LTE Android device on Verizon with the HTC Thunderbolt, and the first with 3D on an Android device in the HTC Evo 3D on Sprint.
HTC has been serious about innovation and from Peter Chou’s statement it doesn’t appear that they are scared of what a Motorola/Google marriage would mean in the back offices at Google. It’s also important to note that none of the Android OEM partners have come out against Google/Motorola in the same manner that Sprint has against the AT&T T-Mobile merger. On that note the carriers have been very quiet about the Google/Motorola announcement.
source: Phone Arena