Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Android Doomed

HERE is the most concise explanation thus far as to why, at this writing anyway, the Android ecosystem seems doomed.
The news this week about The Googs new "Nexus One" phone is evidence that even Google sees the problem. They are trying to fix it by making their own phone. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, everyone is chasing the iPhone. Even Google. I'm not saying they are giving up on the open source Android OS but by making and shipping their own phone they are taking a stand that will piss of handset manufacturers and Cell carriers at the same time. Thus making things wildly more complicated than just making a phone and controlling it from beginning to end ala Apple. Good luck Goog!


At 4:21 PM , Blogger Joshua Moore said...

What's the difference between making your own phone and being tied to a single carrier (if we're comparing to the iPhone)?

At 1:09 PM , Blogger Kevin said...

So, that is a good question. There is a big difference. If you are tied to a carrier then the carrier usually subsidizes the phone to a great degree. ie; the iPhone would cost $699 to buy outright. But at AT&T with a 2 year contract you get it for $199. If The Goog goes it on their own they would either have to take huge losses on selling the phone themselves by creating a subsidy or sell it at cost which almost no one would buy because it would be approx $600-700.
Also, when you are tied to a carrier you can take advantage of network specific features that you cannot use if you are "going it alone" etc. Think VisualVoiceMail on the iPhone.


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