We'll see how it actually shakes out. Google says they aren't going to change how Moto runs but I don't think they're going to be able to resist doing so forever. We've also seen that what Google says or implies its going to do concerning Android doesn't always end up being what happens. I'm guessing that Moto devices will get faster/better updates simply for the fact that they'll have more access to expertise. This won't make Moto more competitive than the others, it'll just bring it up to snuff. Remember that Moto Mobile has been losing money for a while. The D1 was a welcome shot in the arm but that was their last really solid hit. (Which, ahem, should be a substantial vote in favor of unlocked bootloaders. Having an open source, free community of devs that extends the life - and value - of your devices is ~not~ a bad thing.) I don't think Moto's competitors will really need to worry about Google propping up Moto for a while. I do think a Google owned Moto Mobile ~will~ eventually become an big swinging...uh, thing... in the Android world but I'm not sure that's going to be a big detriment to the other Android OEM's. In fact, if Google can get equal footing with Apple and Microsoft then the other OEM's stand to benefit from Android's increased stability in the market. It probably also helps them ~ a lot ~ that Apple and Microsoft could then sue Google directly instead of using the smaller companies (with much smaller pockets) as proxy battlefields. I do hope it increases support for droids, though. Switching recently to the as yet unrooted D3 (from a blessedly open D1) has reminded my how much responsibility OEM's have over our user experience. I wish they'd quit that. Want to make a device that I want to buy and use? Then make it so I can set it up however I d@mn well please. If that becomes standard... then the OEM's can focus on outdoing each other with hardware improvements. Wouldn't that be novel?