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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by 0brad0 on Thu 17th May 2012 09:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment"
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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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