HTC and other handset makers that also use the free open-source Android platform as the foundation for their smartphones and tablets said they were pleased by the announcement.
Chou reiterated those sentiments in his interview with the Journal. He said that Google's acquisition is all about gaining control of Motorola's patents to fend off legal challenges from Apple and others.
"It's not the operating system, it's the ecosystem," Chou told the Journal. "This acquisition is more to enhance Google's patent portfolio, to support us, to protect us, so this is good news."
Chou said Google has made clear its commitment to HTC. And he said that his company will continue to try to differentiate itself from the Android pack through innovation and acquisitions.
Some experts have speculated that Google's move to buy Motorola Mobility may alienate partners like HTC. And they theorize it could push these companies into the arms of Microsoft, which is pushing its Windows Phone operating system. At least for now, HTC seems to be happy to continue to work with Google. But the company is also working with Microsoft, and will continue to do so. Whether it ramps up its efforts to build more Windows Phone devices is not yet known. But at least for now, Chou has indicated it's business as usual.