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Thread: Carriers Love Android... Why?

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    Carriers Love Android... Why?


    Thats the question CBSNews tried to answer, and I think they hit it right on the nail. This all starts out with At&t getting the iPhone and allegedly Verizon denying it (thank god right?). This meant everyone else had to find something to keep their smart phone line relevant, and that was where Android flew in to save the day.

    The OS was awesome, fast, free and available to any company who was up for the challenge. Google's involvement made it better because as we all know... Most of what they do, turn to gold.

    Carriers get excited about Android, too. For two reasons. First, Android (and the very good bundled Google apps) allows handset makers to make inexpensive devices. Carriers and Google both encourage a race to the bottom where handsets are commoditized, but smart.com

    Second, because Android is an Open Source platform, carriers can work with handset makers, they can dictate the feature set and, as a result, revitalize the revenue stream. They can promote their favorite apps, content, and services sales that have been choked by disintermediation.
    But it’s not a straight shot. Android lays out the playing field for a contest between Google and carriers.
    Google’s intent is clear: They want carriers out of the way. In their Mountain View Hypergalactic HQ, Schmidt, Brin, Page, and Rubin all think carriers are greedy bumblers, short-term thinkers, technically and culturally incompetent in matters of smartphone OS and applications. The Google brilliants don’t want to return to the days of crapware, the applications PC and laptop makers forced upon us in order to generate kickbacks from publishers. (The PC being a lively ecosystem, crapware removal products such as the PC Decrapifier came to the rescue. At one time, Sony obligingly offered a decrapified Vaio for an extra $50.
    Now aren't we glad Verizon did not want the iPhone?
    Last edited by WenWM; 09-28-2010 at 07:07 AM.
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    I'm actually starting to regret that Verizon got Android :/

    It's both a blessing and a curse that Android is open source. I'm kind of getting tired of seeing the "new sexiness" that comes out on Big Red only to find that they have screwed around with the defaults, settings, etc so much that the phone is rendered a buggy, useless lump of plastic and metal.

    I honestly can't bring myself to upgrade from my Droid 1, despite the fact that I am eligible for an upgrade right now and there are some cool looking phones. The Samsung Fascinate is the beginning of a very scary trend that looks like will be continued with the upcoming HTC Lexicon handset. We'll see, I guess...
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    Quote Originally Posted by enyalius View Post
    I'm actually starting to regret that Verizon got Android :/

    It's both a blessing and a curse that Android is open source. I'm kind of getting tired of seeing the "new sexiness" that comes out on Big Red only to find that they have screwed around with the defaults, settings, etc so much that the phone is rendered a buggy, useless lump of plastic and metal.

    You are right there, however, this may be more of a plus to the consumer.

    With such a vast market open now, Android VS. iPhone, things will only get better; competition forces opposite sides to work harder.

    So, the window of opportunity opens wider, and the possibilities expand farther!

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    Google really does need to make a Nexus Two that is available on EVERY carrier. I would gladly buy an unsubsidized phone from google if it meant immediate updates and being a true stock android experience.
    On my second refurbished droid. It of course has issues but i honestly give up on getting another one.


    I really miss my original Droid

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    Quote Originally Posted by VideoGameMatt View Post
    Google really does need to make a Nexus Two that is available on EVERY carrier. I would gladly buy an unsubsidized phone from google if it meant immediate updates and being a true stock android experience.
    I wholeheartedly second that. We really need a Nexus 2 that Verizon will sell for all the hardcore Android geeks out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enyalius View Post
    I honestly can't bring myself to upgrade from my Droid 1, despite the fact that I am eligible for an upgrade right now and there are some cool looking phones. The Samsung Fascinate is the beginning of a very scary trend that looks like will be continued with the upcoming HTC Lexicon handset. We'll see, I guess...
    Exactly.

    Interesting bit about Google's top heads referring to the carriers in that manner. The recently posted video of the CEO being interviewed lead me to believe he was being more than politically neutral about letting the carriers do what they want. Hopefully he's right and the market will dictate the carriers include a "bloatware opt-out".
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    We may need Android Decrapifier in the future.
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    If Verizon has several failures in the current and coming phones with BING and crapware, they may get a clue that we the consumer knows what we want and if they can not fill the bill they may have poor phone sales with BING.
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    I agree..... I hate bing, and not only for the obvious reasons, like decision making that it horribly does, but also because I can't help but feel as though its being forced upon us. I just did my last updates on my laptop and didn't have time to go through and decide on everthing I wanted to update, so I let it go with the recomended route....and what do ya know freakin BING tool bar....spent another 30min. getting rid of that waste of existince off my computer.
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    There IS an Android Decrapifier -- It's called Root Access and the best part is it's free.

    Seriously, though, I'm getting sick of hearing one thing one day and another the next from Google. They need to grow up and make a stand, either for or against carrier and manufacturer meddling. I think they're actually waiting for Gingerbread to come out because if everything I've been hearing about it is true, it's going to be as much of a game changer as 2.1 and then again when 2.2 finally hit.
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