Google swears that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility will not affect the way Android runs, and we surely hope that is the case. Most Android manufacturers are quite thankful Google is willing to shell out $12.5 billion to protect the platform, as well as the OEMs.
While most Android manufacturers have been expressing their gratitude to Google for trying to protect them, there was one black sheep in the manufacturer family: Nokia.
This further reinforces our belief that opportunities for the growth of Nokia’s smartphone business will be greatest with Windows Phone. This could prove to be a massive catalyst for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Additionally, with our respective intellectual property portfolios, Nokia and Microsoft are working together to build and nurture an innovative ecosystem that benefits consumers, operators, developers and other device manufacturersSpokespersonNokia
It seems Nokia does not trust that Google will keep Android open and be fair with all the loyal manufacturers. Nokia even mentions that this acquisition could act as a catalyst for the Windows Phone platform.
Even if Google does give preference to Motorola, it seems unlikely that other manufacturers will jump off the Android bandwagon. Some of these OEMs already make Windows Phone devices, but the platform is simply not selling enough smartphones. If the tables were turned, Nokia would probably have some kind of advantage over other Windows Phone manufacturers. Nokia has a close partnership with Microsoft, and it would make sense that they want to help each other grow.
We’ll have to wait and see if Google keeps its promises. After all, the purpose of this acquisition was to gain a substantial patent portfolio. What do you guys think? Do Android manufacturers really have something to worry about? Will Windows Phone actually benefit out of this, as Nokia seems to believe? We trust Google, as its success is mostly due to the fact that the platform is open. It would be a very high risk for Google to try to change policies so abruptly.