Maybe this will allow Google to address some of the interface lag seen in Android handsets. If they have the hardware and the software they have not excuse for this. I don't know what Apple and Microsoft did right about their interfaces and touchscreens. I just know that iOS and WP7 have interfaces that are extremely responsive compared to any of the Android phones I've seen, even the Nexus phones.
And this is where I see problems between Google and its other handset partners. It's true that keeping other OEM's from using android would be a disincentive for Google, but that doesn't mean that any hardware/software optimizations need to be shared. In that scenario, Motorola would soon become THE android phone to buy because it works better than the others.
Wouldn't it be anti-competitive to give away IP to all but one company?
Apple is able to pay fair market value on the IP once the IP is considered on the market... correct?
It is one thing for a company to not license out their technology, but once they start licensing to other companies for $x dollars, don't other companies get to pay the fair market value?
Would Google be allowed to freely license their IP to all but Apple?
Maybe they would... I don't know.
Actually, unless the IP becomes standardized, a company can choose who and who not to license and for how much on a case by case basis.