If you were really worried about Google giving Motorola special gifts and goodies due to the acquisition, then I have some really good news for you: it won't be.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is in South Korea today, and while he was there, he let the world know that the aforementioned issue will not be happening. In fact, he specifically said:
“… 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.”
So, in other words, the acquisition will simply bring Google more money, but not any more power over manufacturers than they already have (if any). Remember, just like Schmidt said, Android is open; if anything changes that, Google would have some seriously angry customers on its hands.
I still hate that Google felt it had to buy Motorola, but it does make me feel better that fair competition will still exist in the Android ecosystem. Still, it makes me wonder why the acquisition happened. Thoughts?[Reuters]