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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They're competing with the iphone
by nt_jerkface on Wed 6th Jan 2010 21:17 UTC
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And by partnering with Verizon and building around a single band they can bring the cost down.

But according to some self-righteous geek they have blown it by not catering to his desire for a multi-band phone.

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kragil Member since:

Yeah, this article is pretty pointless.

Everyone wanted a nearly free phone that works on all networks and everything should have been sponsored by Google.

Well, Google just wants higher profile phones that get more attention. HTCs brand is very weak, Google is .. the biggest? There is a clear synergy there.

Google can now release a new Google Phone with every Android release, maybe 3 or 4 times a years.

That is _a_lot_ of free marketing and hype.

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