Google owes Motorola no favours

Google boss Eric Schmidt has promised that Google will not do any favours for Motorola Mobility when it finishes its planned purchase of the handset maker.

There were some fears in the mobile market that Google would give Motorola quicker updates to its Android operating system, making it a rival of Android licensees.

Schmidt told Reuters that Motorola will run independently, that it will not violate the openness of Android. He said that Google will not change in any material way the way it operated.

Schmidt met executives from Samsung and LG Electronics as well as mobile carriers SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus.

Schmidt is clearly trying to reassure his glorious allies – especially Samsung –  that he still loves them. Samsung and HTC are at the front of a war with Apple as Jobs’ Mob uses legal means to get Android off the shelves.

They would be decidedly cross if they went through all of that only to find Google gives all the fruits of their victory to its own company.

Schmidt hit out at the late Steve Jobs who claimed Android phones ripped off his iPhone. In his authorised biography released last month, Jobs said, “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to…to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.”

Schmidt told Reuters that he had decided not to comment on what’s been written in Jobs’ biography as Steve was a “fantastic human being” and someone Schmidt missed.

But Google was also a great innovator and the “Android effort started before the iPhone effort,” Schmidt said.