Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Nov 2013 09:01 UTC

Dieter Bohn, for The Verge:

So for a long time now, we've found ourselves asking the two questions again and again: what exactly is Google trying to accomplish with the Nexus program and what's the strategy with these Android updates? We sat down with three of the four main leaders of the Android team to ask those questions yet again. "Nexus stands for high specs at a really fair price," says Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for Android. "The other thing is the updates come directly from Google. Those are the attributes of Nexus that I think people have really enjoyed and we're not changing that strategy."

Yet while Google's answers to these two questions have been remarkably consistent over the past couple of years (and remains consistent today), the Nexus 5 and KitKat themselves seem to give us a different answer than their predecessors. The hardware and the software tell a more ambitious story: older Nexus devices were Android phones, but the Nexus 5 is the first true Google phone.

Something is happening in the Android world.

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Stock Android > Manufacturer bloatware
by PieterGen on Wed 6th Nov 2013 09:53 UTC
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Let's hope the manufacturers now *stop* with their bloatware and sell us devices with Stock Android. If Samsung, HTC, LG and so on think they have useful additions or replacements, let them offer those as apps in Google Play.

The great thing about the PC era was consumer software choice. In the Windows ecosystem, you bought a device and put on the software you wanted (mind you, this comes from a Linux guy).

The manufacturers learnt the wrong lesson from that time. They saw OEMs bleeding but Apple with its vertical ecosystem flourishing, and now they think going vertical is the way. And of course, vertical integration has advantages will appeal to a certain segment of the market, as Apple shows.

But the cause of Windows hardware OEMs was not the model itself; the problem was that OEMs offered lousy laptops: bad screens, bad keyboards, mediocre battery life, choke full with adware. No innovation at all. If you wanted a "nice" laptop and had the money in hand, there were NO Windows machines available. You HAD to buy an Apple, even if you didn't want.

What Sammy, LG, HTC, Nokia (!!) should do is make great hardware, put stock android on it, and have the bootloader open. Let's hope the Nexus line is a wakeup call for the phone & tablet makers: cut the bloat!

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