Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 17:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is fun. The number one iOS carrier duking it out with the company behind the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Last month, Google's lead for the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Queru, more or less blamed carriers (see comments) for Android's upgrade woes. Yesterday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson retaliated, blaming Google for the delays. And yes, Google already responded to that, too.
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Google/OSS -- all Pro, no Con
by jared_wilkes on Wed 9th May 2012 02:26 UTC
jared_wilkes
Member since:
2011-04-25

Yes, the carriers have little incentive to improve the OS.

Yes, the carriers have little incentive to ship the version of the OS Google wants them to ship and every incentive to create their own branded experience even if it is a worse experience.

Yes, the carriers are annoyed that certain devices or carriers may receive favoritism.

Etc... I don't absolve the carriers of any of these things. But these are obvious, natural side effects of the system, the platform, the ecosystem that Google created. These are the negatives that many of us have been pointing to since 2008 -- even though OEMs and carriers did rapidly roll out several updates for the first couple of years.

All of this flows naturally from the system Google created. All of this is the other side of the coin of openness. I don't begrudge the carriers for behaving as they always behaved (or as PC OEMs behaved with Windows prior to the smartphone error). However, I do applaud Apple for saying: we aren't going to do it that way, we aren't going to tolerate the status quo, you are going to operate by our rules.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

The carriers still see themselves as phone companies. They stopped being that, once they let mobile computers with phone capabilities on their networks. For better or worse, telephony is slowly taking a backseat and data is taking over. Tech savy people are increasingly communicating in text and pictures and dedicated voice is waning. The Joe and Jane Sixpack category will follow. It is only a matter of time that the traditional dumbphone will have transitioned over to a low end smartphone.

Carriers need to realise they are now wireless ISP's. They need to transition to providing flatrate data plans and shift voice over to their own VOIP infrastructure. Just let people download the Carrier VOIP App in the App stores and be done with the idea that you primarily get a phone subscription to make phone calls. They could even monetize it. Use Carrier Apps and receive additonal services (provided they add value) and any additional small fee is conveniently added to your data bill.

The time of enticing people to renew a contract by offering the next "gratis" fashionable brick of a dumbphone is over.

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