Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

For the past few years, we've been in a relatively healthy balance when it comes to our smartphones. Both Apple and Google provided us with relatively decent platforms that were pretty straightforward to use, provided us with interesting and useful functionality, and at mostly decent price points. In return, we accepted a certain amount of lock-in, a certain lack of control over our devices and the software platforms running on them. I felt comfortable with this trade-off, whether I was using an iPhone or an Android phone at the time.

Recently, however, I've been feeling like this balance in iOS and Android is tipping - and not in the right direction. The users' interests have taken a decided backseat to corporate interests, and the user experiences of the two platforms in question have, consequently, suffered, and I see little in the future to counteract this development

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by CapEnt on Fri 4th Sep 2015 19:52 UTC in reply to "Ads and Play services"
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I'm not really sure you can find a balance between giving OEMs complete control over skinning the OS and preventing the whole thing from becoming a fragmented clusterfuck. But I think it's safe to say that the customization OEMs were adding on top of stock Android is something that many users didn't want anyway.

Not, it's not safe to say that users don't want that customization. Samsung phone owners in particular never had contact with anything other than TouchWiz and looks to be content with it, since Samsung still is the single largest Android OEM by a quite large margin. And there is some quite high quality customization out there, like CM and MIUI.

Ironically, this increased lock-in by Google can fragment Android, or even kill it. It's not only a question of how much users will accept relish control to Google, but OEMs as well.

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