Android will remain free, says Google's Schmidt

Google boss, Eric Schmidt has said that he has no plans to charge for Android in the future and that this strategy will not change even after the acquisition of Motorola is completed.

Making his comments during a visit to South Korea - the home of Android phone vendors Samsung and LG, Schmidt's admission was reminiscent of the statements made during the announcement of the $12.5 billion Motorola buy-out.

According to reports, Schmidt said that the plan is to run Motorola "sufficiently and independently," and "that it will not violate the openness of Android," adding that the company was not going to change the way it operates.

The Motorola deal has unnerved many industry observers over the past few months, despite Google's continued insistance that it plans to keep things the same, predominantly because Google's purchase of a rival Android device manufacturer could see it investing more heavily in development of Motorola and less on providing support to other rival OEMs as well as other smartphones and tablet businesses that are built on the platform.

It is unclear how much revenue comes from Android. Google is the default search engine and with the majority of Android apps costing nothing, in-app advertising and up-selling - which pays commission to Google, are certainly important revenue streams.

With 500,000 Android activations made daily since the end of June and an estimated 4.4 percent increase week on week, Google supporters are willing to believe that for now, Google's going to be true to its word

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