It’s Unanimous – Android Partners ‘Welcome’ the Google and Motorola Deal [UPDATE]


If you thought that other Android players would be upset of the news of Google acquiring Motorola this morning, then you’d be wrong. At least initially.  Early press quotes indicate that 4-out-of-4 OHA partners are in agreement and each of them ‘welcome’ the deal.  All four (LG, HTC, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson) have provided a blurb that paint a picture of everyone sitting around a campfire, sharing s’mores.

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.” – – J.K. Shin President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division

“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.” – – Bert Nordberg, President & CEO, Sony Ericsson

“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.” – – Peter Chou CEO, HTC Corp

“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.” – – Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

We’d love to get these guys, and everyone else in the Android universe, off the record and see what they really think of the news. What was the first word out of their mouths this morning when their assistant passed the word along?

UPDATE: Best Buy and Marvell have chimed in with their opinion and while they don’t outright use the word welcome, we get the sense that they are happy nonetheless.

“We are positive towards Google’s continued commitment and investment in an open Android for the benefit of all players in the eco-system.” – Weili Dai Co-founder, Marvell Technology Group

Best Buy has worked closely with both Google and Motorola to bring great solutions to our customers. Now, with today’s news, we are excited to see what we can do together to serve consumers. Both companies have been tremendous partners to Best Buy and we expect that connection to get even stronger in the future. – Brian J. Dunn CEO, Best Buy


  • I doubt this was the first they heard of it.  They probably had been talking with Google on how to best defend against patent trolls for months, and this was probably the agreed upon best option.

  • Dear partner. 
    We would appreciate if  your response to our acquisition of Motorola includes the words “commitment to defend Android and its partners” with the possible addition of “ecosystem”, and that you “welcome the acquisition”

    Kind regards

  • cyberDJ

    They’re all reading from the same prepared statement.

  • NotBuyingPitch

    I’m not buying the pitch (yet). If Google flips Moto Mobile and sells the HW piece to someone else (with perpetual patent licensing) then I’ll believe it. Until then, expect a lot of uncomfortable ‘partners.’

  • nps

    Put yourself in their shoes and consider if Apple r Microsoft would have acquired Mot.

  • I have beening concerning about this news for a long time, I think it is a strong combination between google and Motorola.

  • Davest

    I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.