Acer says Microsoft is the real winner from Google-Moto deal

In what is becoming almost routine (see INQ), another OEM has come out and said that the Google-Motorola deal works out better for Microsoft than Google's Android. This time it was Walter Deppeler, president of Acer's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. At the Berlin IFA consumer conference on Friday, he was quoted by Reuters as saying "It was a good gift to Microsoft", that Google "work against some of their clients" and finally that Acer would consider the implications of the deal before committing further to an OS.

Acer, who makes low to mid-range handsets, especially in important emerging markets, has recently started using Android in 2010 and is now actively developing Windows Phone devices (see the W4). While their phones won't compete in the U.S. or Europe, they are expected to be important players in Asian markets in the future. Either way, it's telling to hear OEMs publicly state what is becoming more obvious: this Google-Motorola deal and their continued legal quagmires are not helping to boost OEM confidence in Android.

Source: Yahoo Finance


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Acer says Microsoft is the real winner from Google-Moto deal


The other OEMS might hate Google, but they're not gonna bite the hand that feeds them.If WP7 becomes a big hit, I think OEMs will be less reserved about showing their true colours when it comes to Google.

...hardware makers using Android today will certainly not stopp immediately to produce Android devices. However it is very likely that they will change their roadmap and give more priorities to WP7 for new developments. What some of you don't understand is the big difference between the Google/Motorola and Microsoft/Nokia deal. Google/Android is now a direct hardware competitor to the OEM. This was already shown by the lukewarm "congratulation statements" released by the OEM when the deal was announced. Those statements were nothing else than the polite Asian way to say: F*ck You, Google....

I honestly don't see what the big deal is! Microsoft made the same deal with Nokia. OEM's could have also been skeptic about that deal and are still pushing phones! Maybe we are not seeing a huge wave because of the same reason. The Nexus Prime aka the third Nexus will be made by Samsung. I think Google and Microsoft have a lot in common whether they like it or not! If its not for WP7 and Android the OEM's will not make money so they will keep producing phones whether they like it or not!

Not the same deal between the two companies. Lets look at the situation: Android OEMs are now publicly criticizing the deal, talking about looking at alternatives (see the Samsung rumor today that they want out of Android).Microsoft? Gaining OEMs, some of which are coming over due to the Moto-Google deal e.g. INQ. Very different.

Considering all OEMs will get Navteq mapping and other Nokia services, OEMs can gain a lot.To re-phrase: are OEMs fleeing Windows Phone or considering coming over? Answer that and you'll see the difference.