Linked by on Thu 18th Oct 2012 22:02 UTC
Google This has always bothered me. Google buys a huge hardware company called Motorola, and people expect new Google phones to appear within a few weeks or months. Of course, anybody with more than two brain cells to rub together realises buying and integrating such a huge company isn't something you just do in a few weeks or months. Luckily, The Verge reports Google has just stated the obvious.
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RE: Motorola and carriers
by Priest on Sat 20th Oct 2012 17:32 UTC in reply to "Motorola and carriers"
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The carriers heavily subsidize the phone price which makes it hard for manufacturers to push back against bloatware.

Verizon/ATT sell phones at $200 or $250 that retail for over $500. If you play hard ball with them as a phone manufacturer they can just threaten to sell your phone at the $500 retail price.

The $650 32G Verizon Galaxy S3 Developer Edition (without the locked bootloader) is a perfect example of this. For $400 in savings I'd rather unlock the bootloader and root my standard Verizon S3.

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