Google has revealed it will not give Motorola preferential treatment, despite acquiring the smartphone maker for a sum of $12.5 billion.
Speaking to journos in South Korea, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said the search giant plans to maintain its ‘open’ relationship with all Android manufacturing partners even after the landmark takeover is concluded.
Schmidt said: "In general, with all of our partners, we told them that the Motorola deal will close and 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."
The comments come amid growing concerns that with Motorola under its wing, Google may give it first dibs to manufacture all its future flagship devices, as well as early access to updates and exclusive features.
However, Schmidt is adamant no such thing will happen and brushed aside fears Google might introduce a licensing fee for Android partners like Microsoft does for its Windows Phone operating system.
Industry experts believe Google’s main intention behind acquiring Motorola was to secure its robust patent portfolio, which it can use to protect litigations against its partners from the likes of Apple and Microsoft.