Ever since Google announced its intent to purchase Motorola Mobility, several Android device manufacturers have been a bit uneasy about what this move could mean for their future business. Though statements released by these manufacturers immediately after the acquisition announcement were all relatively positive, these companies are still worried about how Google entering the hardware business will impact them.
In a move to reassure these key Android partners, Google Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt again stated that Google will not give preferential treatment to Motorola after the deal goes through.
In general, with all of our partners, we told them that the Motorola deal will close and we will run it sufficiently and independently, that it will not violate the openness of Android...We're not going to change in any material way the way we operate.Eric SchmidtGoogle
If nothing else, it’s becoming more and more clear that Google’s motivation for purchasing Motorola Mobility was mostly for the company’s patents rather than a solid move by Google into the hardware game. Google has committed to both HTC and Samsung specifically that it will aid them in the pending patent lawsuits these companies face against rival Apple, Inc.
When it comes to how Motorola Mobility will be integrated into Google once the deal closes, Mr. Schmidt suggested that the two companies would continue to operate largely independent of each other. We can only hope that this notion is only partially true, and that Google works closely with Motorola Mobility to put out stock/vanilla Android devices.