Not too long ago Google's own Andy Rubin took the time to reiterate that Google will not be actively participating in what Motorola does, once the acquisition is finalized. In fact, he even claimed that there would be both a literal and figurative "firewall" between the two companies. A new report from the Wall Street Journal citing sources close to Google suggests that this may not be the case after-all. Here's a snippet from the WSJ article,
Hmmm... making a "substantial investment" with a goal of making "truly innovative devices" sounds quite a bit more hands-on than what they have been implying. That will be a fine line for Google to walk. It makes sense that they would want to help prop up the new Motorola they just spent $12.5 Billion dollars acquiring, but they don't want to do too much for fear of driving away their other partners like HTC, Samsung, LG and more....people close to Google say it plans to make substantial investment in Libertyville, Ill.-based Motorola, whose share in smartphones is languishing at around 4%. The goal, these people say, is to build truly innovative devices, which the company realizes will take both money and talent.
What do you guys think? Can Google continue to dominate in the search-software business, while adding a new hardware business to its Android lineup without angering its partners?