In mid-August, Google announced it had reached an agreement to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Though many see this potential acquisition as being a key component in Google’s fight against patent lawsuits, concerns were also raised about what this could mean for other companies who are making Android smartphones and tablets. Google owning Motorola could theoretically mean Motorola will get advantages that others won’t get. Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt addressed these concerns with Bloomberg and said Android device manufacturers have nothing to worry about.
Schmidt said Google is primarily concerned with the Android operating system as a whole.
“The Android ecosystem is the No. 1 priority, and that we won’t do anything with Motorola, or anybody else by the way, that would screw up the dynamics of that industry,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt emphasized the importance of competition among Android hardware makers. Giving Motorola the upper hand won’t do anything to help competition.
“We won’t play favorites in the way people are concerned about.”
There has already been signs of Motorola acting in ways that aren’t in Google’s best interest. Motorola is one of the companies who are teaming with Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T on their Isis initiative. Isis is an upcoming platform for NFC payments on mobile devices. Google has already launched its NFC payments service with Google Wallet, but only the Nexus S 4G can take advantage of it at this time.