Back in August, Google announced that they were buying Motorola’s mobile division. At the time, it was seen by many that Google was becoming a competitor to their own OEMs (HTC, Samsung, et al), whilst others saw it as nothing more than buying protection for its Android partners.
Well, in a sweeping interview with Bloomberg recently, Google’s Chairman and former CEO, Eric Schmidt, spoke about Motorola to re-assure their partners but also to touch on the current patent war against Apple, Microsoft, and others. Schmidt said:
The Android ecosystem is the Number One priority…we won’t do anything with Motorola…that would screw up the dynamics of that industry. We need strong, hard competition among all the Android players.
This is good news, and should lay to rest the thoughts of the naysayers hell-bent on hypothesising that Motorola was going to get “special access” to Android before other key players. It’s all about the patents, in which Schmidt says the war will end with no one winning:
From our perspective, we will end up having enough patents that we can end up with a rough truce with everybody else, which is how it’s done.
So, for all the chest-beating that is occurring in various courtrooms at the moment, the result to come out the other end will be nothing but Android Goodness.