Sell off or shut down?
“No one has ever had success licensing [an operating system] and competing with their licensees,” Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg told AllThingsD.
In the mobile space, Palm tried it before with its original operating system, while Apple also dabbled with it many years ago on the Mac side. Both ultimately ended by giving up on the effort.
One option that might please both regulators and other Android hardware partners alike is if the company sold off Motorola’s handset business as part of the deal.