Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has reaffirmed Google’s support for Asian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are involved in legal disputes against Apple, as well as for those that will be involved in such entanglements in the future.
Schmidt told reporters, “We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them. For example, we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct.”
Samsung and HTC–which are both partners of Google–have been involved in patent disputes with Apple, and analysts are saying that the disputes against Google’s partners is Apple’s way of attacking Android.
The other partner OEMs expressed fears that they will be left out by Google after the latter’s recent acquisition of Motorola, but Schmidt assured them that this will not happen and that Google won’t play favorite towards Motorola. “In general, with all of our partners, we told them that the Motorola deal will close and we will run it sufficiently and independently, that it will not violate the openness of Android,” Schmidt said.
The support that Google is referring to is in terms of sharing of information, industry expertise, and access to Google’s newly acquired patents for licensing and legal purposes. The support however did not mention any direct financial assistance to OEMs involved in the lawsuits.
Google has always been helping its partner OEMs and it has not played the game with Apple and Microsoft head-on. Perhaps, the way Google is playing this war will change, now that it has Motorola.
Do you think Google can live up to its promise of not playing favorites?