Computer maker Acer has claimed that Google ‘helped’ Microsoft by deciding to acquire Motorola.
Google has recently announced that it plans to acquire Android smartphone maker Motorola for a whopping $12.5 billion. The acquisition, if given regulatory approval, will put Google in direct competition with its Android device partners.
According to Reuters (opens in new tab), Acer’s head of European operations Walter Deppeler claimed that device makers will be more attracted to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform.
“They work against some of their clients. It was a good gift to Microsoft,” he said during then IFA 2011 trade show in Berlin.
Many believe that Motorola will now get undue advantage over other Android device makers as it will have much deeper access to the platform than others.
On the contrary, Google Android partners HTC, ZTE and Sony Ericsson claim that the acquisition won’t have much impact on the market as it made purely due to Motorola’s patent portfolio in order to protect Android from hostile litigation mounted by companies like Apple, Microsoft and Oracle.
Former Google CEO and its current executive chairman, Eric Schmidt said during the Salesforce conference that the acquisition was not only about patents. Motorola has some amazing products lined-up, he said.