Schmidt: Motorola buyout won't change Android's openness

Schmidt: Motorola buyout won't change Android's openness

Summary: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt reiterates Android platform will stay open to all manufacturers and Motorola Mobility will be run independently after acquisition is completed.


Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company will keep its Android mobile platform open to all handset makers and will show no preferential treatment to Motorola Mobility--the mobile devices maker which the search giant is in the midst of acquiring.

In a Tuesday report by Reuters, Schmidt said Google has reassured all its partners that it will run Motorola Mobility "sufficiently and independently [and] that it will not violate the openness of Android".

The Internet heavyweight announced in August that it would buy Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion, in part to bolster its patent portfolio and protect its Android platform against further lawsuits. This, however, has raised concerns among handset manufacturers that Google may favor Motorola for its Android software and licenses.

Ovum analyst Tim Renowden had earlier stated that Google faces a "delicate balancing act" as any hint of favoritism or signs that Motorola Mobility is getting an unfair advantage could anger other key Android vendors.

This could lead to Samsung, HTC, LG Electronics and Sony Ericsson, among others, to reinvest in alternative mobile platforms such as Microsoft's Windows Phone to keep Google "honest", he added.

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