Qualcomm Says "We didn't buy Android because we’d be too powerful"

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    It seems not only Google has something to say about purchasing Android. Qualcomm CEO in a recent interview said that purchasing Android would not have been a good idea because it would have made them too powerful, which might have scared some people off. This statement comes after Google VP saying Android was the best purchase in Google history (which includes YouTube). This quote was recorded by Reuters, who was apparently at the 16th annualStanford Accel Symposiumat Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and marked Jacobs saying “It would have scared everyone else off and caused them to do things to get around us.”

    Like I said with the article I wrote in regards to Google's original quote, I think it is better that Google ended up with the rights to Android and integrated it with their services. It seems everyone that should have bought Android is regretting it, and might wish they took the plunge.

    Do you like the idea of Qualcomm owning Android? Do you think it would even have hit Froyo status in stability, speed, and functions by next year?

    News via: Reuters
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    Well, Qualcomm probably goes and licenses Android and that severely weakens its ability to grow as mfrs have little incentive to pay a manufacturing fee.

    Android was a much better fit for Google to integrate with its cloud. You have to have something behind it to drive user adoption - IOS has Itunes and Android has Google services. What would Qualcomm have brought to the table?

    Also, Apple and Google are much more recognizeable & tangible brands for consumers than Qualcomm.

    And, finally, to the question in the OP at the end: Would Android be as strong as it is now? That's hard to say, but I don't think so. Could Qualcomm (or, say, MS) have executed as well as Google here? Very doubtful. Would it have mattered if Android explodes in 2011 or 2012 instead of 2010? Maybe not, but I think that depends on when (and if) VZW gets the IPhone. I think users become entrenched and the switching costs would be hard to overcome to grow share.
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    I thought Google made Android. Learn something new everyday
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    Qualcomm processors have weak graphics emulators compared to Texus Intruments OMAP processors that Droids made by Motorola have.
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    Texus Instruments
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    None of my family or friends know who Qualcomm is or what they produce. Google is a term that even my grandmother knows. I think brand recognition is playing a large role in making android "explode". If Qualcomm had bought android then all the cloud integration and frequent updates would be a dream.

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    lol the post is interesting
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    Haha, Don't feel alone.... I thought that too till earlier this week. I guess we live and learn.
    But to be honest, the original Android was nothing like Android 1 was on the G1. Google changed it a lot before releasing it.
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    Even if Google didn't make android, they in all reality actually did. Qualcomm couldn't have marketed it enough IMO.
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    To an extent. They bought Android, but made it was it is today. It was originally completely different. It was suppose to be a blackberry competitor, but then become more of a iOS competitor.

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