After the Google-Motorola deal back in August, where Mountain View acquired Motorola Mobility around $12.5 billion, many major phone-makers, including HTC and Samsung, were worried that there will be a special preference when it comes to Motorola, as it is now part of Google.
While talking to the press in South Korea, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, said that there will be no special treatment when it comes to Motorola. “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,” he said.
“We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences”, he added. Of course, back in the time of the deal there were rumors of Google being more interested in patents owned by Motorola than by anything else, but Android OEMs can now rest assured, at least according to Schmidt.