Google today announced they will be purchasing Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. This effectively ends any hopes that were remaining for a Motorola branded Windows Phone. One has to wonder why Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said his company was “completely open to the notion of Windows as a platform”, just days before they were purchased by Motorola.
Conversely, this purchase could yield a positive affect on Windows Phone handsets. Will Motorola will have a leg up on HTC, Samsung and LG when manufacturing Android phones? Google’s pure Android phones have always received the latest updates prior to other OEM phones. If Microsoft can keep the playing field level, then perhaps it becomes more attractive for Samsung, LG and HTC.
During the interim, it’s likely these OEM’s will proceed with caution and continue to play in both fields. With Google owning a handset manufacturer, it’s more important than ever for OEM’s to diversify.
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