Even though the consensus is that Google bought Motorola Mobility for their patent portfolio, even if they have no intention to produce Google-branded handsets under the Motorola name, I can't help but wonder what this will mean for the other Android handset manufacturers like Samsung and HTC.
No handset maker wants to be downgraded to a second-class citizen, and I'd say that's a legitimate fear when the supplier of your software stack purchased one of your competitors. That's one of the big reasons that Windows Mobile originally took off on phones - Microsoft didn't make hardware to go along with its OS. By contrast, even though OSes like Palm's PalmOS and Nokia's Maemo could either be licensed or used freely, you didn't see non-Palm phones running PalmOS, or non-Nokia phones running Maemo, since there always was the chance that they'd make the platform exclusive.
Now given, Google probably wouldn't go make their platform exclusive to Motorola/Google-branded handsets - they're still primarily a software company, and that would be contrary to their business model. But it's always possible that later releases of Android may debut first on Motorola/Google phones, with releases coming later to other devices.
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