Linked by on Thu 18th Oct 2012 22:02 UTC
Google This has always bothered me. Google buys a huge hardware company called Motorola, and people expect new Google phones to appear within a few weeks or months. Of course, anybody with more than two brain cells to rub together realises buying and integrating such a huge company isn't something you just do in a few weeks or months. Luckily, The Verge reports Google has just stated the obvious.
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RE: Motorola and carriers
by Priest on Sat 20th Oct 2012 17:32 UTC in reply to "Motorola and carriers"
Priest
Member since:
2006-05-12

The carriers heavily subsidize the phone price which makes it hard for manufacturers to push back against bloatware.

Verizon/ATT sell phones at $200 or $250 that retail for over $500. If you play hard ball with them as a phone manufacturer they can just threaten to sell your phone at the $500 retail price.

The $650 32G Verizon Galaxy S3 Developer Edition (without the locked bootloader) is a perfect example of this. For $400 in savings I'd rather unlock the bootloader and root my standard Verizon S3.

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RE[2]: Motorola and carriers
by WorknMan on Sun 21st Oct 2012 04:50 in reply to "RE: Motorola and carriers"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The carriers heavily subsidize the phone price which makes it hard for manufacturers to push back against bloatware.


Right, which was my whole point. If we're supposed to blame the carriers for the bloatware on phones, then where are all those stock Android tablets, with unlocked bootloaders? For the most part, carriers don't have anything to do with tablets, so there's no reason for vendors to skin them, right.

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RE[3]: Motorola and carriers
by kurkosdr on Sun 21st Oct 2012 17:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Motorola and carriers"
kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

This is why Google made a dumb move by not releasing a Nexus tablet sooner. Tablet sales are not controlled by carriers that much, so Google should have made a Nexus tablet from the first Honeycomb release.

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