- Oct 29, 2000
I bought this up earlier is one of the key issues that this deal brings. Google now has a BIG financial motive to keep Android more to itself and I imagine that HTC and Samsung aren't thrilled with this acquisition and I see this as actually a way to get them both more serious about Windows Phone.
I think it depends on what Google finds more important. Their core business of search/data/advertising advertising or their new found handset hardware manufacturing wing.
My guess is the prior is more important to them, and they would rather sacrifice some handset sales for their Motorola unit, than risk lowering overall market share of Android operating systems which would reduce their presence in their core market.
What I think will happen - though - is that Motorola will be forced into doing Android right. Google will push updates through, just like they did with their own Nexus phones and maybe we'll even see Motorola getting rid of Blur.
I would also not be surprised to see a tighter co-development program between Motorola and Google for future devices, giving Motorola a slight competitive edge.