Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Google Won't Favor Motorola, Says Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, yesterday reiterated that Google has no plans to charge for Android in the future, and that it does not intend to change its strategy for Android after it completes its acquisition of Motorola.

For some the latter point was the more important item. Android Will Remain Free, And So Will Motorola

The worry in the Android community, especially among licensees of Android, is that despite Google saying otherwise, it might favor its own "in-house" devices, made by Motorola, and thereby damage the businesses of other Android device manufacturers.

Schmidt's most-recent comments are consistent with earlier Google assurances that it would not do so, reinforcing the contention that the primary reason for acquiring Motorola was to buy Motorola's patent trove. That has become more important for Google and other Android licensees as patent litigation has heated up.

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