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    Author: Will Carriers Kill Android's Vision?

    This piece on the future of Android and how the carriers will affect it is an excellent read, and is certainly something Google is aware of. Check it out:

    Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile are all guilty -- just look at the Samsung Galaxy S, which has variants on every US carrier hampered with provider-mandated applications and services that get in the way. Verizon's Fascinate is perhaps the most amusing, as it replaces Google search with Bing, a choice that's difficult to undo. In other cases native Google functionality that has gotten better over time has been replaced with inferior carrier services: WiFi hotspot functionality has been removed, and paid navigation services have replaced Google's excellent -- and free -- offerings. It's sad that Android's open and free ethos has been exploited by carriers and handset vendors as a way to maximize profits, gouge users and diminish the overall Android experience.

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    Re: Author: Will Carriers Kill Android's Vision?

    The fundamental problem the author has (and a lot of Android users, to be honest), is that carriers are existing for one reason- to make a profit for the shareholders. The subsidize the phones and sell them at a discounted price in return for (usually) a 2 year contract and optimizing the phone for their plans and business models. The Utopian extreme viewpoint wants free phones, no monthly charges, and all the support and problem-free networks they have now. No, they want better networks than they have now. But everything costs money and no company is going to give away a thing.

    Now, Verizon was a LOT worse than they are now. S.O.P was to gimp the GPS to emergency tracking only and blocking the good navigation programs... so you were forced to use Verizon's VZ Navigator at $10 a month. They've gotten a better in the last 14 months. A lot of formerly locked features are now opened up and it's a much more user-friendly experience.

    And the author really needs to keep up with current events- the Nexus One was canceled almost a month ago.

    What I see as more of a concern is what Google sees as fragmentation of the Android market. You have a plethora of phones from cheap crap to top end units. And different units across different carriers. So, one Android OS will not cover all models. They all have to have the OS individually tweaked for that device. Google's trying to unify it all in the 3.0 release later this year. It appears they'll try to do what nVidia did when they had a single driver release cover an entire series of cards instead of a bunch of individuals.

    Google starts to address Android fragmentation - Rethink Wireless
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    Re: Author: Will Carriers Kill Android's Vision?

    i agree that carriers will screw it bad. that's what MS finally learned and with wp7 they are pushing out updates directly to phones instead of through carriers.

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    Re: Author: Will Carriers Kill Android's Vision?

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    I suggest the author start his own company where he can manufacture phones. He can then start his own telecommunications company where he can create his own network of cell towers and servers. Next, he can create his own OS that is 100% compatible with his own phones. He'll be able to push the updates immediately with no one in the middle. Nirvana.

    Finally, he can sell the phones to customers at a break even cost. He'll just get volunteers to work for this new company. And, of course, there will be no contracts, as using the phones will be free and unlimited.

    But seriously, I had trouble getting past this:

    Quote Originally Posted by lol
    Everyone Apple, AT&T, developers gets a cut of the revenues and the consumer gets an amazing experience and exceptional support.
    If dropped calls in large cities fits in there, and expensive contracts is amazing, I guess.
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