September 09, 2010 at 04:26 AM EDT
Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I’d Like To Punch The Carriers With
This past weekend, I wrote a post wondering if Android was surging in the U.S. market because Apple was letting it ? The main thought was that by remaining exclusively tied to AT&T, Apple was driving some users to choose Android, which is available on all the U.S. carriers. In the post, I posed a question: if it's not the iPhone/AT&T deal, why do you choose Android? Nearly 1,000 people responded, and a large percentage focused on the same idea: the idea of "openness." You'll forgive me, but I have to say it: what a load of crap. In theory, I'm right there with you. The thought of a truly open mobile operating system is very appealing. The problem is that in practice, that's just simply not the reality of the situation. Maybe if Google had their way, the system would be truly open. But they don't. Sadly, they have to deal with a very big roadblock: the carriers.
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