Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th May 2013 23:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Last week our HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 head-to-head concluded that Samsung no longer makes the best Android phone. But after developments this week, I wonder whether Google wants Samsung to continue making Android phones at all." Yup.
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Don't be sorry for Google ...
by WorknMan on Mon 13th May 2013 00:12 UTC
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In regard to Samsung hurting Android, I believe that Google is doing more to hurt Android than Samsung ever did. For instance:

- Discouraging people from buying genuine Nexus Android phones by gimping the storage options and leaving off other features, such as LTE, and treating Nexus owners as unpaid beta testers, thereby leading folks to buy fake Android phones like the S4 instead.

- Trying to release Nexus devices as cheaply as possible. This sounds good in theory, but has had negative consequences on Android tablets by forcing hardware vendors to compete with them on price. The result of this is that there's about 8,000 Android tablets on the market, with only 2 or 3 of them arguably being better than the Nexus tablets. And the Nexus tablets (other than the display on the 10" version) weren't exactly high end to begin with. So in total, if you want anything above mid-range, you really have 4-5 Android tablets to choose from.

- Releasing some of their best apps on iOS, which solidifies to me that Google doesn't really give two shitsa bout Android, as long as you're using their services.

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