Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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RE[6]: Mistake by Google
by WorknMan on Tue 16th Aug 2011 07:46 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Mistake by Google"
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Vendor bloatware is a good point, but I don't think Google buying Motorola will do anything for carrier crapware.

Well, I can deal with the carrier crapware as long as I can root, but you said list advantages without rooting ;) As long as it's vanilla underneath.

Now, about delays, this is really just a matter of language constructs. If Google changed their vocabulary and "announced" new releases of Android instead of "releasing" them, we'd get the same situation as iOS : announced in June, released in late September (probably).

LOL, what are you talking about? Gingerbread was released in Dec 2010, but Google announced it WAY before then. I couldn't find the exact announcement date, but I found a couple of articles from June 2010 that talked about it, so they announced it at LEAST a good six months before releasing it. I think they announced ice cream sandwich back in January.

And anyway, it looks like the Droid Incredible (the phone I have) will finally be getting Gingerbread, only 8 months after it was released. That is INEXCUSABLE!! And companies are still as of a month or two ago) releasing phones with Froyo (2.2) installed. I just want a phone where I can get new updates in a month or so, or in less time than that if it's minor update to fix a vulnerability. IMHO, I don't think that's too much to ask for.

I don't think "more" is the right word there. Once you get into hundreds of thousands, no human may ever fully parse the contents of the store anyway, so what's a few dozen thousands fart/gun apps more or less ?

I mean, more as in better overall quality, but I suppose that is subjective, depending on what you want to do.

As an example, "Carrier X has bloated up my phone !" and "The App Store won't let anyone compete with Apple !" becomes invalid with jailbreak. All phones become pretty much one and the same.

I'm not saying that jailbreaking/rooting isn't valuable, just that I'd rather not have to resort to rooting in order to rely on hackers to get timely updates. I mean, some people like installing the latest nightly builds of a rom, figuring out which features don't work, overclocking the CPU, trying to find a kernel to improve their crappy battery life, etc. I know that those guys are really into that kind of thing, and that's great. But hey... I'm not in high school anymore and don't have time for that shit. And even if I did, I still wouldn't want to.
With my Incredible, I did it because I had to in order to get Sense off my phone. And still, I never found a really stable vanilla rom. At the moment, my LED notification light doesn't work, and my GPS randomly stops working, and I have to reflash the rom to get it going again. Not really problems most people would experience with stock roms.

That being said, if you don't like OEMs messing up with vanilla Android, you could also try one of them Nexus phones. Seems like you are part of the target audience, and if you have iPhone-like budget when you buy a phone...

Would love to, if they would just release one on Verizon ;) In the US, if you want a carrier with decent coverage, your only two optiosn are AT&T and Verizon. And well, I've had enough experience with AT&T to know that I'd rather tongue the sweaty asshole of a Kenyan marathon runner than to deal with those f**ktards again.

Having said all that, things are not exactly rosey on iOS either... you just have to decide which set of annoyances on either platform bother you the most ;)

Edited 2011-08-16 07:47 UTC

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