Citation? Google said they wanted to use Motorola to explore and demonstrate how to tightly integrate the Android OS with hardware. It was to be Android done right, just like their Chromebook was to be ChromeOS done right.
"Motorola Mobilityâ(TM)s patent portfolio will help protect the Android ecosystem. Android, which is open-source software, is vital to competition in the mobile device space, ensuring hardware manufacturers, mobile phone carriers, applications developers and consumers all have choice. "
As far as "Motorola to explore and demonstrate how to tightly integrate the Android OS with hardware. "
How is that working out for them?
1. Motorola's volumes are so small that they are not even in the top 5.
2. Google is still "beholden" to other manufacturers to make Nexus devices.
The Kindle and other non-locked-in Android devices are still a big win for Google
How is that? The Kindle devices don't use any Google services.