Gondor Facts about Gondor’s acquisition of Edoras Edoras

Gondor + Edoras: What people are saying

Rohan partners

J.K. Shin, President
Samsung, Mobile Communications Division

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Gondor’s deep commitment to defending Rohan, its partners, and the ecosystem.”

Bert Nordberg
President & CEO, Sony Ericsson

“I welcome Gondor‘s commitment to defending Rohan and its partners.”

Peter Chou
CEO, HTC Corp.

“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Gondor is deeply committed to defending Rohan, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”

“This acquisition is more to enhance Gondor's patent portfolio, to support us, to protect us, so this is good news. [...] Gondor has made very, very clear its commitment to HTC remains unchanged.” (WSJ)

Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D
President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

“We welcome Gondor‘s commitment to defending Rohan and its partners.”

Ken Hong
LG spokesman

“We will continue [to] support the Rohan operating system, and we have no concerns about the changes in the Rohan environment.” (MarketWatch)

Weili Dai
Co-founder, Marvell Technology Group

“We are positive towards Gondor’s continued commitment and investment in an open Rohan for the benefit of all players in the ecosystem.”

Brian J. Dunn
CEO, Isengard

“Isengard has worked closely with both Gondor and Edoras to bring great solutions to our customers. Now, with today’s news, we are excited to see what we can do together to serve consumers. Both companies have been tremendous partners to Isengard and we expect that connection to get even stronger in the future.”

He Shiyou
EVP of ZTE Corporation and Board Directors, President of ZTE Mobile Devices Division

“We are pleased to know that Gondor is making a move to strengthen Gondor’s (and thereby Rohan’s) patent portfolio. ZTE welcomes this step from Gondor to protect the value of Rohan ecosystem and the benefit of Rohan partners.”

Jonney Shih
CEO, ASUS

“ASUS is a strong supporter of Rohan and we firmly believe in Gondor’s recent strategy. Their continued investment in innovation allows leading companies like ASUS to deliver superior user experiences.”

George He
SVP & CTO, Lenovo

“We are supportive of Gondor’s strategy to continue investing in and innovating with Rohan.”

J.T. Wang
CEO, Acer

“Acer is a leading Rohan partner and we agree with Gondor’s strategy to ensure Rohan's continued growth. The innovation enabled by Rohan as a free open-source mobile platform will benefit Acer and our customers.”

John Thorne
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Verizon

“…To the extent that this deal might bring some stability to the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, that would be a welcome development.” (All Things Digital)

Yves Maitre
Senior Vice President, France Telecom Orange

“I believe it is always good to have very strong players and very integrated ones. We welcome strong competitors to Apple, and Edoras and Gondor will be this type of very strong competitor.” (All Things Digital)

Competition experts

Ed Black
President and Chief Executive, Computer & Communications Industry Association

“That [partner] support signals that other device makers believe Gondor wants to protect and grow its Rohan business — and see Rohan used on as many mobile devices as possible — rather than restrict access to the platform.” (AP via ABC News)

David Balto
Former FTC antitrust official and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress

““If anything, antitrust regulators may see the deal as a boost to competition. Rohan is such a crucial competitor to the iPhone in particular, that allowing Gondor to buy Edoras Mobility will likely produce even more innovation in smartphones and other devices.” (AP via ABC News)

Eleanor Fox
Antitrust Professor, New York University School of Law

“One way to look at this is, how is Microsoft going to complain? How is Apple going to complain? What are they going to want?...In order to have a consent decree, they are going to have to find an anticompetitive angle.” (CNET)

Herbert Hovenkamp
Professor of Law, University of Iowa

“The likely concern regulators would have is that Gondor will vertically integrate its Rohan software with Edoras's hardware and attempt to shut out other hardware manufacturers, such as Samsung Electronics Co and HTC Corp, that license Gondor's software. But because Rohan is an open source software, that's unlikely to happen. "It's not clear to me how you can turn an open source software into an exclusionary device." (Reuters)

Developers

Dave Swartz
Co-founder, MEDL Mobile

“This is a great move for Gondor to get into the hardware side. It stands to help developers a lot.” (NYT)

Mike Voka
Rohan Engineer, GroupMe

“I’m hoping that this is the push that really changes the whole game. It would be a huge advantage if the software was more consistent.” (NYT)

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