It's Becoming Abundantly Clear That Google Doesn't Want To Share Android Anymore - Business Insider: "Now we have a report from the Wall Street Journal that says Motorola and Google are working together on a new smartphone that will launch next year. The so-called "X Phone" project will be completely separate from the Droid phones Motorola makes for Verizon.
(By the way, we reported back in April that Google was going to start making its own smartphones and tablets with Motorola.)
The move marks a big shift for Google. After denying it intends to get into the hardware business, Google appears to be doing exactly that by using its own hardware company to develop a new smartphone to its exact specifications.
This should also scare the pants off Samsung, HTC, LG, and others that rely on the free, open-sourced Android operating system to make phones that compete with Apple's iPhone. If Google and Motorola make their own phone together, they're instantly turning other hardware manufacturers into competitors, not partners.
And what's to keep Google from restricting the use of Android from its competitors, leaving the latest and greatest software features for its own hardware built by Motorola? What are the other guys supposed to do?
One solution we've heard Samsung and others are considering is to fork Android to their own specifications. That means modify Android beyond recognition and sell apps and content through their own online stores.
This is the same thing Amazon does with its Kindle Fire tablets. The Kindle Fire runs a heavily modified version of Android with all things Google stripped out. Amazon even uses Microsoft's Bing as the default search engine.
If Google gets serious about making its own hardware, you can expect Samsung, HTC, and all the others to do the same thing as Amazon. . . . " Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/its-becoming-abundantly-clear-that-google-doesnt-want-to-share-android-anymore-2012-12#ixzz2FnvQBSc2