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    Hi all,

    FYI. See link.

    Take care,

    Jay

    August 15, 2011
    Google’s Coup Shifts Mobile Alliances

    By JENNA WORTHAM

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/te...gewanted=print

    Major telephone makers like Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson and LG said on Monday that they supported Google’s planned purchase of Motorola. But will they still feel that way in a year?

    Those companies have made plenty of money selling millions of devices powered by Android, Google’s mobile operating system. Analysts and industry specialists say the deal could sour relations between Google and its partners, who have helped Google beat Nokia and Apple to win the biggest share of the mobile software market.

    “They can’t be too thrilled to find that suddenly, these companies are no longer partnering with Google — they’re competing with Google,” Michael Gartenberg, director of research at Gartner, an information technology research and advisory company, said referring to the telephone makers. “No matter how Google tries to spin it, they’re competing.”
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    I know, I know... the obvious question, but had to get it out there...

    If Samsung (and maybe even HTC) were to produce WebOS phones...


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    Motorola is being used as a separate company and still has to bid to build the nexus phone and gets its parts in the phone. The alliance isn't shaken by this news one bit. Even if google started to build phones they would go the apple route with the nexus phone which is still a collaborative effort and uses parts from all the alliance. The only incentive is too be the first to play with with the next android version. And if the xoom is any indication thats not always good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russellraff View Post
    I know, I know... the obvious question, but had to get it out there...

    If Samsung (and maybe even HTC) were to produce WebOS phones...


    They Won't. Motorola Only sells their best phones to Verizon. HTC and Samsung own the high end android market everywhere else. They won't give that up. The only reason why the Thunderbolt and Charge sold was because motorola dropped the ball on making an LTE phone and waited for better battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shingi_70 View Post
    Motorola is being used as a separate company and still has to bid to build the nexus phone and gets its parts in the phone. The alliance isn't shaken by this news one bit. Even if google started to build phones they would go the apple route with the nexus phone which is still a collaborative effort and uses parts from all the alliance. The only incentive is too be the first to play with with the next android version. And if the xoom is any indication thats not always good.
    Not sure I agree with that.
    The single, seemingly unanimous point of criticism on the Android market is the lack of standards and resulting incosistency. I think the Motorla deal will also result in Google flexing a lot more muscle by way of forcing hardware and carrier (not to mention spplication) developers to do things the way Google wants.

    When (and I sincerely believe it is a "When", and not an "if") these organizations continue to do things their way, I have no doubt there will be a price to pay... performance, compatability, etc.

    At that point, and assuming HP DOES license WebOS, it will be a much flatter playing field.

    Just my $0.02

    russ
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    i'm not sure all these manufacturers are making the profits they really want from smartphones. The need to release bleeding edge hardware all the time to be considered relevant is bound to push up hardware costs. Motorola certainly weren't making hand over fist.

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