Friday, September 9, 2011

Google / Motorola / Verizon: a secret agreement? Nothing new!

The lawsuit against Google for Oracle (on the issue of Java) has to break a confidence to the day on an agreement between Google, Motorola and Verizon.

This document contains guidelines very interesting: "Do not develop openly. On the contrary, distribute the source code once completed innovation "and" The concept of devices in mind: to guarantee access to the code in preview to partners who build and sell equipment manufactured to our specifications (that is to say Motorola and Verizon). They get a non-contractual benefit in time to market and, in turn, are aligned with our standards / criteria. "

The revelations are not true: We know that Google does not intend to disclose the source code directly to Android, Honeycomb code has not been disclosed. Finally, we also know that Google has already established partnerships temporary exclusivity: it was the case with HTC who developed the HTC and HTC Dream Magic, the first two smartphones running Android.

However, since the purchase of Motorola Mobility by Google: things have changed. Google could be embarrassed and will surely be much more transparent now, other regulatory agencies will be forced to pay more attention to the dominance of Google.

The co-founder of Android Richard Miner, Google has sought to declare that "the concept of speeding up market for advertising by partnering with operators based on revenue sharing," which he says means "place the search engine Google in mobile and arrange to work with operators so that they (them) to help. "

No real revelations, however, the defense of Google, which states that this part of the strategy for developing a flagship phone will not be enough anymore. Issues "commercial, strategic and competition law" are sensitive.

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