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Eric Schmidt Promises Users Google Will Not “Screw Up” Android

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by Bloomberg and was hard pressed for details behind the purchase of Motorola. Would it be the end of Android’s open philosophy? Would Motorola get special treatment from the company because of the purchase? Schmidt laid it out on the tablet and said that he would make sure not to interfere with what Android was all about.

“The Android ecosystem is the No. 1 priority, and that we won’t do anything with Motorola, or anybody else by the way, that would screw up the dynamics of that industry,” Schmidt said. “We need strong, hard competition among all the Android players. We won’t play favorites in the way people are concerned about.”

This is certainly good news to hear. Android is dominating right now and the future is bright with the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich and the list of superphones and tablets coming down the line. We can all breathe a sigh of relief, and then secretly wish that Google would force Motorola to unlock all their bootloaders.

Via: Gizmodo, Bloomberg

  • Snwspeckle

    Too bad I am still running Froyo on a 4G Phone, Droid Charge. This is getting out of hand with 3rd party companies creating ROM’s above the PURE Google Experience. How about you step up your game Google and on boot of our device we can CHOOSE to pick our ROM, not this Touchwiz 3.0 (Will never be upgraded) crap. I can guarantee I will not see GingerBread until February and by that time, Android 2.3.9 will be out by then. I need a PURE Google Experience.

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  • Larry Page is the CEO.

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  • Stephen Felkins

    Spread it on!

  • Ike

    oh that’s right. Ice Cream Sandwich is coming out next year? So that means some of us will see it by 2014 while others won’t see it at all. I love Android, but DAMN!! C’mon!! I would like to get an update when it’s new.  Yes, maybe it’s HTC and Samsung’s fault (along with all other hardware developers), but shouldn’t Google dictate when and how we get updates.  I’m not sure how they did it, but Microsoft pushed out their Mango update to all phones. <– it may have been over a four week period, but that's better than waiting months. Then we have those poor Thunderbolt owners getting a broken update after waiting forever! I do love Android, but these are some of my concerns to make Android better so they can stay on top.

    • Anonymous

      +1. Android needs to control some aspects, because some of these manufacturers are just taking advantage of us.

    • J Dub

      This should be a factor in your phone choice. Any phone with a UI overlay is going to lag behind in releases. Look at the Nexus One for example. Released almost 2 years ago, but it is still receiving updates from Google. Not to mention phones that aren’t dev friendly tend to fall behind. Look at the OG Droid. It is still getting the latest Android treatment thanks to devs that work hard to work the bugs out and get a working build out. 

      This is why I haven’t upgraded my OG yet. There has yet to be an offering that will replace it. All the phones anywhere near being worthy of getting are locked down tight. The D3 might have seen an explosion had they unlocked the bootloader and removed Blur. The hardware on the D3 is def up to the task sans LTE of course. 

      My excitement is steadily growing to it’s peak that will be @ 2:30 PM EST on 10/11. I can’t wait to see what Samsung, Google, and VZW bring to the table so that they can take my money. Nexus devices FTW. 

  • Zeadaplaya

    Shouldn’t this be on “Android Life?”

  • Ejmcfadden79

    Looks like he got cought in the middle of teaching everyone how to do the dougie LOL

  • Mike

    It seems to me that if all Android phone manufacturers left off the skins and bloatware, like I hope Google/Motorola eventually does, they would attract more customers overall.  None of the crap that is put on the phones by manufacturers and carriers seems to make anyone flock to that phone.  That stuff can always be added by the user, at their discretion.  People seem to choose phones based upon the latest hardware, the latest, greatest software and whether it’s time to upgrade their phone.  And it only makes it that much more complicated and difficult to release and then upgrade these phones to new versions of android with all the proprietary junk installed. 

    I think that in 2 – 3 years, maybe less, Google/Motorola has the potential to really dominate the Android phone market because all the others have such hard time keeping up with the changes. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree with your point, in a perfect world all devices would run stock android with a built in theme Chooser(like cm7). I am a die hard aosp Guy, but honestly stock android isn’t visually appealing to everyone, but I think it could be, if Google integrated a theme Chooser into android. Then, users could fully theme their devices without root access. And then os updates would be much easier for Google to have control of. Manufacturer skins should be done with soon, I honestly don’t think android needs them anymore.

  • First Android is not open. That is a fact. Second if you think Moto will be operated completely independently you are a grade A moron. 12B dollars and they will just let it continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars every quarter, ahahahaha. Good one. Third, there is no third. 

  • Haha, the last part about the unlocked boot loader is so true. I will be hoping!

  • Jonno

    Looks like he’s holding an invisible rifle.  Photoshop anyone?  =o)

  • Anonymous

    Manufacturers and carriers are already screwing Android up. Roughly 40% of all Android devices are garbage

  • Anonymous

    “Laid in out on the tablet” =D!

    Eric, you clever dogg…

  • so good by blur?

    • james

      let’s hope so

  • I am sure Google lets Motorola operate independately, otherwise aren’t they just turning the OS we all love into Apple. However, I do see Google forcing Motorola to unlock the bootloader which will lead to HTC and Samsung to follow suit.

  • realist2everdoit

    Google what better way to please your fans by making Motorola releasing a Droid Razr with unlocked bootloader to celebrate the marriage bond.

  • Anonymous

    There has to be an animated .gif of the picture above. 

  • Probably is…fragmentation is causing serious problems with the android experience! From one manufacturers phone/tablet to the next, the user experience can range significantly based on OS version, programs supported, carrier, UI, etc. I hope ICS will fix most of these issues!

    • Anonymous

      I hope not.  Want vanilla Android, get a Nexus.

    • Anonymous

      Hey here’s your answer to fragmentation: ICE CREAM SANDWICH!!!

    • Anonymous

      I think fragmentation is good and bad.  Look at the new Amazon Kindle.  They are going to sell a ton of these things and they will probably compete well with the iPad.  Not only because of the price but Amazon has tailored the Android OS to what their consumer wants.  Books, Magazines, Games, Social Networking, and so on.  Fragmentation is part is what allows this.  At the same time it would be so nice to be able to pick up a phone made by Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, etc.. having the same version of the OS and actually be able to use it that same way.  OEM skins serve a purpose and can be useful to some consumers but I would love to see an option on every phone (without even rooting or installing a ROM) to be able to have an AOSP experience if the user wanted.  Guess that really wouldn’t solve the fragmentation problem, but it would make me a lot happier lol.  

  • Nwuknowme

    just wondering… will having an open bootloader make it easier for the user to flash ROMs? or just for the devs? sorry if that is noobish, but i am 

    • It makes it easier to flash ROMs and allows users to flash new kernels.

      • Nwuknowme

        thanks for the reply

  • Anonymous

    The deal was all about the patents. Motorola will probably continue to operate as an entire separate subsidiary and 85% of the population won’t ever even know Google actually owns it.  

  • Reedme

    Hardware is the commodity here.  Apple, Amazon and Google will sell the hardware at a discount to get the revenue on the media and other sales.  Amazon looks well poised for that world, with the strongest ecommerce store of the 3.  Google’s add revenue will help their cause.  So Apple has to continue to hit it out of the park with their integrated experience, or else they will lag the other two and drop to 3% market share like their personal computers did in the 90’s.

    While Google wants an open and robust Android ecosystem, just like Microsoft needed to put Apple away in computers, Google also needs an ace in the hole for low cost integrated hardware.  They can create the fully integrate Google experience selling low to no margin hardware like Amazon is doing.  While still allowing hardware vendors and others (like Amazon) to build on its Android OS.  Becoming the defacto standard.  Apple has previously shown that their model is flawed once the other vendors catch up to their model.

    Hello to Google/Motorola, Amazon and Apple world.  Everyone else will be an after thought.  Could be interesting if Microsoft buys Nokia in the 18 months as well.

  • Missing from his comments: any real details about Motorola’s future (handsets, support, etc.). Also, “screw up” is open to very wide interpretation.

  • gimlet72

    Did he lay it out on the table.. or tablet? 

  • pcriz

    They asked Eric about the pending release of iOS 5 to which he responded “wrist upward, fingers formed into a loose fist, thumb towards the base and a brisk left-right-left motion..”

    Well played Eric, well played…

  • My biggest hope is that all Moto devices will now end up being “Google Experience Devices”, I cant tell you how much I miss my OG Droid without all the fluff and BS put on my every mfg/carrier.

  • Kris Brandt

    Looks like he’s doing that dance at the end of that Beetlejuice movie from way back…

    • Anonymous

      daaaay o

  • secretly my @$$.  Google should force ALL manufacturers to unlock their bootloaders!

  • Anonymous

    “Laid it out on the tablet” hahahaha. Awesome.

  • jimbob

    That is one of the least flattering images I’ve seen of anyone.

  • Google World Domination !!! +1

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