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Google rocks Android by buying Motorola

August 15, 2011

The news is abuzz today with Google’s announcement that they are buying Motorola Mobility, that part of Moto spun out to focus on Android smartphones, tablets, and related digital gadgetry.

Google went out of their way in the announcement to note:

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

If you were Samsung, HTC, or another of Googerola’s Android hardware partners, would that make you feel any better about trusting Google’s Android intentions?  Sure there were the usual quotes trotted out from said partners, but don’t they sound a bit like each partner simply echoing back the official “line”?  To wit:

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”  – J.K. Shin, President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division

“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.” – Bert Nordberg, President & CEO, Sony Ericsson

“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.” – Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corp.

Click here to read all the quotes provided by Google.

Most importantly for community members, what will this purchase mean for Android app development?  It’s a bit early to say, although I would speculate that we’ll see skinless Moto devices as follow-ons to the Nexus series of phones coming at some point.  I have a guess what next year’s big Google I/O giveaway may be…

Click here to read the complete post on the PayPal X Developer Network including links to additional coverage and information on Google’s Motorola acquisition.


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