One of the positives that many may have been looking forward to with Google’s acquisition of Motorola was the possibility of one of the newer Motorola devices running on stock Android software. However, the irony is that Google’s acquisition of Motorola shows no signs of releasing a stock Android experience. It seems like a no-brainer, right? A company that Google acquired – that happens to manufacture phones – will surely release a pure Android phone, right? Not so much.
I assume there are two possibilities here: One is that Google acquired Motorola specifically to acquire certain patents. Or, two, even though they’ve acquired them, they’re still letting them “do their thing” and continue to let Verizon pull the strings. However, Motorola’s Senior VP, in speaking to a group of reporters last night, made the following statement that may fall into a third scenario to add to the first two already mentioned:
“Going forward, we’re going to try to be as close to the base as we can be, because we think that’s the right thing for users. We think users also want fast upgrades and upgrades for their phones over the long haul, so we’re going to be focus on that as well. It’s a little bit different than what a lot of OEMs are doing and certainly what Motorola did in the past, but going forward that’s going to be our strategy.”
Some of it is a little ambiguous, sounding like they don’t have full control of the devices they produce. He mentions releasing a device “as close to the base as we can” as being the “right thing” for users. What exactly does that mean? Who’s preventing it from happening, if anyone, other than themselves or Verizon? It appears that they’re content on lying somewhere in the middle of pure Android and a custom skin sitting atop Android OS – not so far to the left as TouchWiz for example, but not so far to the right as pure Android like the Nexus line. It’s easy to go the easy way out for Motorola and continue what they’ve been doing, but with the plethora of devices, you’d think they’d at least give a pure Android device a look. Droid Nexus anyone?
They did however mention that they’ll strive to update their devices as quickly as possible going forward, so hopefully someone from Google has instilled in them to be on the ball when providing updates. Clearly what they believe vs. what they’re (currently) doing are on different sides of the spectrum. Here’s hoping they will at least push timely updates as promised, and hopefully move to a release of a nice, pure Android device. But maybe that’s just me being selfish.
source: The Verge