Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 09:26 UTC
Google "Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. [...] The expansion of direct sales marks a bid to exert more control over key features and apps that run on Android-powered phones and tablets, thus reducing the influence of wireless carriers over such devices, these people said. Wireless carriers typically handle marketing and sales of devices and thus can exert some control over the services that run on them." So, an expanded Nexus program that includes several smartphones and tablets without crapware. Sounds good.
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RE: Comment
by 0brad0 on Thu 17th May 2012 05:29 UTC in reply to "Comment"
0brad0
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2007-05-05

Only a complete idiot would sign a contract for a phone.

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by kwan_e on Thu 17th May 2012 08:10 in reply to "RE: Comment"
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2007-02-18

Well, most people already accept buying computer hardware that they don't really own, and software they don't really own, and ebooks they don't really own, and music they don't really own.

What's one more unequal relationship between the have and have less?

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RE[3]: Comment
by 0brad0 on Thu 17th May 2012 09:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Well, most people already accept buying computer hardware that they don't really own, and software they don't really own, and ebooks they don't really own, and music they don't really own.

What's one more unequal relationship between the have and have less?


I can own my phone (which I do) and if I chose to sign a contract for service or not (which I have not).

I own my computers and I don't run non-free OS's. I will only buy DRM protected content if I know it can be ripped to remove it. Otherwise there is no way I'll touch it.

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RE[2]: Comment
by pandronic on Fri 18th May 2012 17:30 in reply to "RE: Comment"
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2006-05-18

So why are you calling me an idiot?

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