How is Google open? They are very public about things, beta this alpha that but much of Googles software is closed.
You must not read any of their comments about Android.
Yes. But, if they go for the locked ecosystem that seem to become so popular these days, they can try and solve the problem at the source.
But Google is open. Why would they go from an open playing field to a locked down, curated, one?
Well, it's not *just* patents. Motorola also had a special Java license. That might well be nice insurance against Oracle. (We don't really know, because the details of the license aren't public. Which, itself, is interesting.)
That really isn't interesting. Why would a company make their business dealings public? Especially if no everyone gets the same deal? If Motorola's license is transferrable (which many software licenses are not) then I would expect to see Oracle try to block the sale, or work to revoke Motorola's Java license (that is IF the license would legalize any "patent violations" that may exist in Android).
IMHO, the current Android vendors will see their costs increase because they will now have an Android competitor that keeps their OS up to date. Their choices will be to either increase their costs or go to a stock OS. If everyone uses stock Android, the. Why would anyone use a phone that isn't made by Google? I know that Motorola won't technically be "Google" but that is how it will be seen.
The same is true for GoogleTV. Who will build one if they have to compete with Google itself?