Alain Mutricy, Motorola’s senior vice president of portfolio and product management, doesn’t expect Motorola Mobility to change when Google’s proposed $12.5 billion capture of the handset maker goes through. In an interview with FierceWireless, Mutricy said Motorola “will not alter its plans once it comes under the Google ‘umbrella.”
Google’s acquisition has been given the OK by regulators in both the U.S. and U.K., but the deal hasn’t officially closed. Once it does close, however, Mutricy believes Motorola will be integrated as a subsidiary of the search giant, with little to no changes in the handset maker’s product lineup for 2012.
“I don’t see a very short term, complete change of the product direction,” Mutricy said. “I think that we have a business to run, and therefore I think that there is a continuity to be expected for 2012.”
Ever since the proposed acquisition was announced, many have voiced their concerns over Google favoring Motorola once the deal has closed. But Andy Rubin, Google’s senior vice president in charge of mobile, emphasized that just won’t be the case. Mutricy echoed Rubin’s sentiment, saying “it is in Motorola’s interest to keep Android open,” but he also admitted being under Google’s umbrella could lead to closer collaboration with the search giant’s services, such as Google+ and YouTube.
Of course, saying and doing are two different things. We won’t know the full outcome until the deal finally closes. Until that happens, there remains a “firewall” between the two entities, with no immediate changes planned for 2012.
[via Fierce Wireless]