Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Dec 2012 23:36 UTC
Google "Engineers at Motorola are hard at work on a sophisticated handset, to be released next year, that parent Google hopes will provide more potent competition for devices like Apple's iPhone, said people familiar with the matter." Well, paint me red and call me a girl scout. This is more fascinating: "Motorola also ran into difficulties when it looked into using a bendable screen and materials such as ceramics that would allow the company to make the X Phone more stress resistant, use more colors and mold into different shapes, these people said." Bendable displays could be a huge turning point for mobile - and not because they allow new shapes. No, the killer 'feature' of bendable displays will be their resilience.
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Google must be unhappy or at least disconcerted with how the Android OEM ecosystem has turned out. One must presume that by releasing Android Google had hoped that there would develop a healthy and diverse OEM community which would allow them to sit above, it a bit like Microsoft had done with Windows OEMs, except this time Google would make it's money from the bundled services rather than software lisences.

Well, what did they expect to happen with they released Android as open source? If you give something away for free, you can bet people will use it especially if it's complete, as indeed Android is. Google have some of the best engineering talent in the business, but their business sense is lacking sometimes. Why, exactly, would an OEM with a vested interest in maximizing the profit for themselves want to allow Google to collect money from services if they have equivalent services? This is business 101 material here. Google's only way to make the kind of money they hoped on Android is, at this point, to release a top quality phone even if it does upset their OEMs. However, they'd better make sure it is the absolute best Android smartphone on the market at a fair price, and send it out to as many international markets as they can if they want to take over from companies like Samsung or HTC.

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