Two days ago when Google announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion dollars, the fine people in Google’s PR department had procured quotes from Google’s top OEM partners aside from Motorola. All of the statements from HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony all echoed the same theme which was that they were glad Google was defending the Android platform. A reference to the 17,000+ patents Google is getting as part of the purchase.
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“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.” said JK Shin President of Samsung Telecommunications/Samsung Mobile.
That was the official statement given by Samsung Telecommications/Samsung Mobile in regards to Monday’s announcement. This morning the Korea Herald tells a different story.
“We don’t believe Google’s takeover of Motorola will be such a big issue since it was an event that was already predicted,” Samsung vice chairman Choi Gee-sung told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday.
“Samsung could also make use of our own proprietary platform (Bada) and Microsoft Windows mobile operating system … The mobile business is not solely about the OS.”
There are two major electronics and mobile phone manufacturers in South Korea. Samsung Electronics and LG. Of course Samsung is in a much better position than LG at this time. Samsung also has their eggs in many baskets including their own Bada Operating System as well as Windows Phone 7, as Gee-Sung references above.
Google published a similar statement from Jong Seok Park, PhD and President & CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company saying:
“We welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
Another high ranking LG executive wasn’t directly quoted by the Herald however they reportedly told the Herald that LG needed more time to evaluate the situation. A far cry from the happy bappy statement released by Google. Of course no one is suggesting that the statements were fabricated. They were obviously worked together by the same PR firm. We also believe that all the OEM partners will be happy to use Google’s new treasure trove of patents to defend their Android handsets from patent litigation from rival Apple.
LG actually stands to lose more than Samsung. LG has just started to turn the corner from some really bad quarters and a major shake up in their executive offices. Like rival Motorola, they were using Android as the catalyst for this turn around.
It’s also important to note that no one is directly suggesting yet that Google will shut out other OEM’s or start working unfairly. In fact Google’s Sr. VP of Mobile Andy Rubin, described the Nexus project and how Motorola will have to continue to bid on the Nexus projects the way the other OEM’s do now.
Lee Soon-Hak, an analyst at Mirae Asset Securities in Korea told the Herald “The competitors will be a step behind in terms of learning Google’s know-how on technology support in the early stages of development,”. Soon-Hak went on to say “This will negatively affect the manufacturers of Android-powered handsets in the short term.”
Google has said they will operate Motorola as a separate business for the foreseeable future, once the deal is approved.
Source: Korea Herald