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Phone makers roll their own operating systems as Google and Microsoft close ranks

Ian Paul | Sept. 6, 2013
With so much change happening in the smartphone market, there's no telling what the future holds.

That would be a problem should Google decide to give Motorola a more favored status among Android device makers, or if competitive forces (read: Samsung's overwhelming Android dominance) compel Google to take a more active role in keeping Motorola and Android relevant.

True, that's not likely to happen given Google's hands-off approach to its OS, and for now, Android is still the solid choice for smartphone makers that like to focus on hardware alone. But Microsoft's Nokia acquisition proved that drastic change can occur overnight. By cultivating open-source OS alternatives today, third-party hardware manufacturers could very well be sowing the seeds of their future survival.

 

 

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