Google's Eric Schmidt did promise that it wouldn't give preferential treatment to Motorola if the pair became BFFs on a corporate level, and it looks like the company is remaining true to his word.
Aside from looking to replace the CEO of Motorola Mobility, Android boss Andy Rubin is apparently doing his best to put a division between the two companies and says he personally won't be involved with Motorola once the rubber seal has been applied.
In fact, he says he's barely involved right now: “[I have] nothing to do with it…. I don’t even know who’s running it... They’re separate from me, and I’m going to continue to do my thing. I don’t even know anything about their products, I haven’t seen anything,” Rubin said, perhaps laying things on just a little too thickly.
“They’re going to continue building Motorola branded devices and it’s going to be the same team doing it.”
One of the main concerns other Android manufacturers have raised, though few of them openly, is how their access to Android will be affected by the idea of a Google-owned Motorola.
The likes of HTC and Samsung are massively involved with Google and Android (and have been responsible for the hardware behind the three Google-branded Nexus devices we've seen so far), while Sony has moved its entire smartphone division onto the open source OS over the past year and LG, Huawei, Amazon, Panasonic, Acer and Asus are just some of the other well-known tech firms that have Android-based products on the market.
In their role as Nexus makers, both HTC and Samsung have been the first to get their hands on the newest versions of Android before others, leading Rubin to acknowledge how the acquisition of Motorola could lead to concerns: "I can see other phone makers becoming angry if Motorola begins to be selected to build Nexus devices over other companies."
Even before the Google acquisition, Motorola's name has popped up regularly as a likely Nexus manufacturer. Wouldn't it be ironic if a fear of perceived favouritism actually counted against its chances of a Nexus deal despite now being owned by Google itself? Watch this space.
Via The Verge