Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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This already happens. When MS releases a new version of Windows, you're often at the mercy of the OEM to release drivers if you want your system supported. You can surf through any major OEMs "support" forums to find complaints from disgruntled users unable to immediately upgrade to the latest and greatest.

As for linux, if you purchase a system with linux pre-installed and it happen to have binary drivers (think Intel Poulsbo or whatever it's called), you're even more screwed since the driver could be tied to a particular kernel version and you're at the mercy of the OEM for updates.

This is not the same at all. In these cases no one has active expended resources to block the use; rather they have simply not expended resources to support the upgrade -- in some cases they plan to support the upgrade at some point, in others they do not.

In contrast, Motorola has expended substantial resources to block changes or upgrades.

Motorola isn't out to intentionally screw the fractional portion of Android users that play with custom ROMs. They're most likely yielding to Verizon [...]

If that's the case, then they could (and should) point this out and redirect the complaints they are receiving to Verizon. Some might suggest that there are confidentiality clauses in the contract between Motorola and Verizon; if that's indeed the case and it covers this information then Verizon certainly bears some of the responsibility and deserves criticism.

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