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Eric Schmidt on Motorola Mobility's future: 'a lot more focus on Android'

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The Guardian quoted executive chairman Eric Schmidt saying that Motorola will have "more investment in products and a lot more focus on Android and the tools even than they have today."

Eric Schmidt (1000)
Eric Schmidt (1000)

Everyone is keeping a very close eye on what Google does with Motorola Mobility — not the least of which are Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG, which are concerned that the acquisition will put them at a disadvantage if Motorola gets insider access to the latest builds of the operating system. We still know very little about Google's plans — we've heard rumors that it was considering selling the handset business to Huawei and the cable box unit to another suitor — but today The Guardian quoted executive chairman Eric Schmidt saying that Motorola will have "more investment in products and a lot more focus on Android and the tools even than they have today." That statement lines up well with longtime Google executive and newly-appointed Motorola Mobilty CEO Dennis Woodside's assurances that "Google has always been interested in hardware" and that "my job is to make Motorola as successful as possible and deliver innovative hardware as a licensee of Android." Google may not know what to do with the hardware manufacturer's cable box and other consumer device units, but for now it looks like the search company intends to make Motorola's smartphone business successful again — it just better be sure to maintain that "firewall" between itself and Motorola if it hopes to keep Android OEMs happy.