Originally Posted by mak916
I don't think it would tarnish the Nexus brand, but it would break the tradition of selling only Nexus brand in the play store. And yes it would piss off the other OEMs. But I think that would be a good thing. Then we might see competitive pricing with the OEMs. If the Motorola X is a real phone, then obviously Google is making there move into the cell phone market with Motorola. Do you really think that Google can keep them both separate for long?
You don't think having a device that isn't pure Android in a store that sells pure Android devices wouldn't tarnish the brand? Consumers purchase the device from the store because it is stock, other than the cheap pricing.
The other bit about the pricing, has to do more with the carriers and also how OEMS would recoup money lost from selling the devices dirt cheap. Google has all of their services on the phones to fall back on for revenue which is why they are able to sell the devices dirt cheap. Other OEMS don't have that luxury.
Google purchased Motorola. Of course they are going to have some influence, but a full takeover and pulling favors, no. Android is as popular as it is today because of OEMs like HTC and Samsung. Google wouldn't want to tarnish the relationship.