With stiff competition surfacing in the mobile arena, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has declared intention to support Android-based handset makers, reports Reuters. This support will be offered in the form of information sharing, industry expertise and access to Google’s patents for legal requirements. As we know, Samsung and HTC are in dispute with Apple over patents. Analysts are seeing this as a way to attack Android.
Google to help Android phone makers
“We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them. For example we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct,” Schmidt told reporters during his first visit to Taipei.
Winding up its three-city Asian tour, Google disclosed that it wants to help users in China. Last year, the Internet giant had fallen out with China, but now wants to serve its citizens within the limits set by the government.
“Taiwanese vendors have been users of Windows operating system in the past, especially the handset vendors, so Google has to come here to get more support for its applications in the tablets and, possibly, personal computers in the future. Android hardware companies and supply chain are mostly from Taiwan. The main purpose of Schmidt's trip for this time should be to gain more support and closer collaboration with the Taiwanese here,” said Concord Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo.
Reportedly, Asian phone makers planning to adopt Microsoft’s Windows platform is possibly one of the reasons of this visit. On the second day of his visit, Schmidt met phone makers like Samsung and LG, further assuring the alliance. Eric Schmidt admits that Google still has a profitable and growing business in China through its display and search services.