Patent analyst -- but not attorney -- Floran Mueller is letting his deep anti-Google bias show more and more. Yesterday, he cited a years-old document about Android "lead devices" aka the Nexus One, Nexus S and Xoom and cited it as proof that Google was planning to favor Mototola over other manufacturers. It's flat out nuts and highly disingenuous.
Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch has a great headline on a piece deconstructing some of the idiocies: "The Bombshell That Wasn’t: FOSS Patents’ Android Scoop Misses The Mark."
But Mueller’s conclusion — that this is proof that Google will show favoritism to Motorola Mobility — doesn’t hold water. As I’ve written before, this is a land rush, and Google has every reason to keep as many OEMs pumping out as many Android devices as possible; it isn’t about to infuriate them all by turning Motorola into its blessed favorite. During the conference call announcing Google’s plan to acquire Motorola, Andy Rubin said that the lead device program would continue, and that Motorola would take part in the bidding process as it has in the past. If anything, my hunch is that Motorola will actually get fewer lead devices than it would have otherwise, so as to keep the other OEMs happy.
-TechCrunch, September 7, 2011