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I’m not convinced of the benefits of the Motorola-Google deal. Patent protection will be good for Android, but it essentially creates a preferred hardware supplier for Android who is US focused. For all that’s said, Google management has to report to shareholders who will want to see Google get the most value out of Motorola, and an easy way to do that would be give Motorola an exclusivity period on all future releases of Android.
Motorola and Google also have the same almost blinkered US focus (look at the US/non-US Xoom differences for example, where only the US Xoom is a Google Experience device), so I can’t help but think it may just end up with Android becoming even more US focused, which will leave the door open for WinPhone 7 and iOS5 in the rest of the world.