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
Eddyspeeder
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2006-05-10

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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RE: Baby steps and bad press
by kragil on Wed 6th Jan 2010 21:07 in reply to "Baby steps and bad press"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Agreed, but at the end of the day a good product from a great brand will win.

Over here in Germany everyone says "Google is evil, big brother" bla , BUT Google has like 90+ % marketshare in search.

I hear so many people saying "Gmail reads your email!!" Well, Googles server read your email and analyse them and A LOT of servers read your email. If you don't want your email to be read by others don't send any or use strong encrption.

Those same people usally use their credit card with iTunes and send all their pirated MP3 to Apple without the slightest worry.

I think Google is a great company, way better than all the old IT big boys.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Agreed, but at the end of the day a good product from a great brand will win.

Over here in Germany everyone says "Google is evil, big brother" bla , BUT Google has like 90+ % marketshare in search.

I hear so many people saying "Gmail reads your email!!" Well, Googles server read your email and analyse them and A LOT of servers read your email. If you don't want your email to be read by others don't send any or use strong encrption.

Those same people usally use their credit card with iTunes and send all their pirated MP3 to Apple without the slightest worry.

I think Google is a great company, way better than all the old IT big boys.


I agree to a degree.

People are right to be wary. Particularly when it's their identity at risk.
However one reason I've always defended Google over many of the other old IT big boys is because Google are proactive in reinvesting their technologies into the industry rather than hoarding.
They're also not so hell bent on locking people into their technologies (as advertising is their revenue, they don't care what platforms and software you run - just so long as you're using their ads)

For me at the moment ,Google is the lesser of the evils between (for example) Apple and MS. As things change, my allegiances might change too.

I hear so many people saying "Gmail reads your email!!" Well, Googles server read your email and analyse them and A LOT of servers read your email. If you don't want your email to be read by others don't send any or use strong encrption.


Or run your own mail server.... :p

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Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Haha I get that "Google reads [Gmail/Docs/Waves]" thing all the time. Actually I don't have much to hide, but with tens of millions of other users chances are slim a physical person actually reads my writings. They may at best be used to inform AdSense what advertisement might be appropriate.

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