The problem that I can see down the road is that Google will likely become a competitor for Amazon...Don't you expect that Google will come out with a Android tablet that is made by Motorola which by that time Google will then own and control?????
Google is upending the apple cart, (pardon the pun), by buying Motorola...now they aren't just the creator of the OS now they are competitor.....
The biggest question of all is why would Amazon want to use software as an OS that promotes it's own competitor???
Android may be free for anyone to license, however everyone from here to Timbuktu knows that Google makes it... Every time a review of any Android product comes out Google's name is peppered all over the place.....
Google originally created Android because they wanted brand recognition so that people would think of Google and say, "hay why not do my next Internet search with Google" and that is how Google makes money from all of this...
Amazon may very well want reviewers to say Amazon which is using it's wholly owned OS and the name Google won't be associated with it at all.
Why should Amazon want Google to keep getting name recognition and in effect free advertising when they are all the competitor of Google???
I'm sure a lot of the firms that use Android are very concerned that they have so freely used and customized Android, but now every time the name Android is used people will think "why worry about firms over customizing and splintering the market for an HTC or a Samsung smartphone or tablet, when I can buy a Motorola phone or tablet and the OS will be by the creator or Android?"....which is exactly what Google wants people to think.
Amazon is a 3000 lbs gorilla...it because of their sheer size they can do as they wish and their tablet will be a success...after all they were much smarter than HP....they are selling it for well beyond cost and they have a huge infrastructure...they will make their money on all of the things that people will download and they will make money b/c people will see their other products for sale at the same time the download a song, a book or an app....
That's why I never understood why HP didn't cut a deal with Amazon BEFORE they bought Palm/webOS...
This way they would have been a pipeline to download with...I'm sure in the industry many people expected & greatly feared sooner or later that Google would do just what it's doing getting into the hardware end of the business....in a way on the backs of other hardware makers....
After all Google created Android OS, but they are far from the only ones that made Android a success....the other firms that made the hardware are just as responsible.
I just wonder why Amazon would want to keep in effect lining the pockets of Google while they are a competitor.
Also down the road do we know that Google may not give a full next version of Android to other firms and keep the full next version of the OS for it's own hardware division AKA Motorola??
It's food for thought.