Linked by snydeq on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:08 UTC
Google InfoWorld's Galen Gruman writes that the main potential game-changing attribute of the Nexus One - that Google is selling the device direct - does nothing to move the industry past carrier lock-in. "At first, I wanted to credit Google for making a tentative step in the direction of smartphone freedom. But that step is so tentative and ineffectual that frankly I think it's a cynical fig leaf covering the usual practices," Gruman writes. At issue is a political battle regarding walled gardens in the U.S. cellular market, a fight that will take years to result in any true consumer freedom. "The only way we'll ever get the ability to choose a smartphone and carrier independently is for the platform providers that count - Apple, Google, and RIM - to first develop only multiband 'world' smartphones and then refuse to sell their devices (or in Google's case, use its Android license to forbid the sale of devices) to carriers that block or interfere with device portability."
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Baby steps and bad press
by Eddyspeeder on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:49 UTC
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The author remarks that Google appears to be wanting to change the smartphone market by baby steps. My view; Google use the baby step strategy on all fronts. They show off new technology while it is still work-in-progress; we get used to the changes, and once it's crystallized we don't consider it a revolution in it's own right. That's just the way the world works today.

As for the Nexus One; it actually received bad press on the news in the Netherlands, as they remarked Google collects your usage data to adapt their advertisement services. That's a pretty unfortunate thing to be said about your product in such a highly privacy-concerned country.

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