Once the big news broke this morning that Google was acquiring Motorola, the next thought for most was what about Samsung, HTC, LG and even Sony. Samsung, HTC and LG have been huge ecosystem partners of Android and without their help there’s no way Android would be activating 550,000 units per day. However, it appears that Google has gotten everyone on board.
In a group of quotes that were most definitely scripted by a PR firm, all of the other major OEM’s producing devices utilizing the Android ecosystem, came out in support of Google’s acquisition of Motorola
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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.
Samsung has quickly become the largest manufacturer of Android devices to date. Their Galaxy S series smartphones, Galaxy Tabs and Galaxy S II smartphones have sold millions and millions of units. In fact the Samsung Galaxy S II has sold over 5 million units and it has yet to be released in the United States.
Obviously Samsung Mobile was not in the running for acquisition the way that Motorola was. Earlier in the year Andy Rubin made it clear that they were trying to create a level playing field for all Android OEM’s. While this move to by Motorola will most likely help Samsung and other OEM’s with Android related patent suits, you can’t help but wonder how fair things will really shake out for the other OEM’s outside of Motorola.
The issue of the “Nexus” series of Google endorsed smartphones came up in the press conference this morning. Andy Rubin said that sometime around the holidays they select the OEM to create the next years device. This of course means that whatever that first flagship device for Ice Cream Sandwich is, it’s already been decided and is probably in the manufacturing process at this point.
Although they haven’t seen nearly the ferocious patent attack that Samsung or HTC has seen, Bert Nordberg, Preisdent and CEO of Sony Ericsson said:
“I welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”
LG, while in patent suits of their own, hasn’t seen the same volume of Apple patent hatred as HTC or Samsung yet they also added:
“We welcome Google’s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”– Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
Many Android enthusiasts have suggested what life would be like if Google bought HTC (and T-Mobile for that matter). HTC was the OEM selected to produce both the G1 and the first of the Nexus series devices the Nexus One. HTC has always had a keen eye for innovation and with it’s size it seemed a more ripe target for Acquisition than Motorola did. HTC is embattled in Apple related patent litigation stemming from their Android portfolio. Like Samsung they will benefit from Google’s acquisition of over 17,000 mobile related patents from Motorola.
HTC’s CEO, and new best friend to Dr.Dre, Peter Chou said “We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”
It will be interesting to see how all the OEM’s play together after this acquisition. Google now has an OEM under their belt I wonder which carrier they’re eye-balling.