Google Inc said it would keep its Android operating system open for external developers after the takeover of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc, countering concerns the deal would result in reduced support for Asian partners.
Asian makers of Android-based devices are “supportive” of the Motorola deal, Daniel Alegre, president at Google’s Asia-Pacific division, said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Singapore yesterday. Google is not looking to favor any manufacturer of Android products, he said.
Google said on Monday the proposed US$12.5 billion takeover would bolster the company’s portfolio of patents and help its phone partners defend against allegations of infringements.
Still, analysts including Gartner Inc’s Michael Gartenberg had said the deal would give Google an incentive to offer Motorola Mobility access to Android technology earlier than rivals such as Taiwan’s HTC Corp (宏達電) and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co.
“This move that we made with Motorola Mobility is really to ensure the Android platform will survive and continue to be successful for the benefit of all our partners worldwide,” Alegre said in the interview.
HTC and Samsung, Asia’s two biggest makers of smartphones, said this week they support Google’s takeover of Motorola Mobility because the deal would help strengthen the defense of Android device makers against patent infringement lawsuits.
“The Android platform has been successful because of the openness and it will continue to be an open platform,” Alegre said. “No way is this acquisition a departure from that.”
Google, which pulled its search engine out of China last year after an online censorship dispute with the Chinese government, would see increased demand for Android in the country, Alegre said in the interview.
China is reviewing an application from Google for a license to offer online mapping services, China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation said last month. Online mapping technology is a “key differentiator” for Google in China and in other Asian markets, Alegre said.