Google's choice to manufacturer its Nexus 7 tablet with Asus was certainly argued in the sense that why wouldn't they go with Motorola as the hardware maker, since they now own it? Google's answer is simple. Motorola is not getting special treatment just because it is operated by them.
"It was important for us when we acquired Motorola to stress to our partners that we weren't buying Motorola to get in the hardware business and compete directly with them. We acquired Motorola to help the ecosystem in terms of patents and intellectual property," said Patrick Brady, director of Android engineering, to CNET.
He continued saying that when Google first acquired Motorola, its hardware partners were skeptical about the company's position of not benefiting Moto: "At first I think our partners weren't sure whether we really meant what we said about not giving Motorola preferential treatment."
"But they've seen us do another Nexus smartphone with Samsung and the Nexus 7 tablet with Asus, so I think they see that Motorola is not getting preferential treatment. It's all about the ecosystem," he continued by saying Google has no plans on benefiting Motorola in any future hardware deals regarding the Android platform.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet, built in a partnership with Asus, was unveiled on Wednesday (June 27th) during the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. It will be released in the U.S. and the U.K. in mid-July in the price range of $199 for the model with 8GB of storage.