Microsoft has claimed that Windows Phone 7 now remains the only truly ‘equal’ smartphone platform in the wake of Google’s groundbreaking acquisition of Motorola for $12.5 billion.
While all the major Android licensees have been quick to commend the search giant on the landmark deal and remain vocal in their support for the platform, Microsoft's spin doctors have naturally found an alternative perspective.
Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 division, said: “Investing in a broad and truly open mobile ecosystem is important for the industry and consumers alike, and Windows Phone is now the only platform that does so with equal opportunity for all partners”
Meanwhile, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky has forecast that Google may begin to hold back features in order to give Motorola an edge over rivals, and may even hand over the reigns to Moto for producing all future flagship smartphones in the Nexus range.
“For example, all the Google Premium Nexus phones will probably be Motorola going forward (it’s hard to see HTC or Samsung producing a Nexus One) and may contain unique features unavailable initially to other Android [manufacturers],” Mr. Abramsky said.
“[This] could force [Android manufacturers] to look to Microsoft as a mitigation strategy.”
Google has already quashed rumours any such favouritism will take place and has said that Android will remain an open platform and the company’s main focus going forward.