The round table changes again this week, Kroc Camen is joined by Tess Flynn and David Adams–sorry, no Thom this time. We discuss the mobility of personal computation machines once more with the fresh topics in the news this week. Google’s Nexus One phone, Palm’s developer announcements, some Microsoft / HP thing that happened or something, and the sound of inevitability: the
Newton Apple Tablet.
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– Google want to set the standard for what a good Android phone is (quality, design, features, software)
– They want to use their very powerful brand to make fairly unkown producers like HTC or maybe some chinese manufacturers a instant hit with consumers (the Nexus One is just a HTC phone sold by Google)
– they want to have control over software updates ( so that things like the Samsung Galaxy that seems stuck at Android 1.5 wont happen)
– they want to make the carriers just dumb pipes in the long run, Google is in this for the long run and carriers being dumb pipes is very good for Google.
– they want hype and free marketing (like everyone else really)
I think Google wants to provide a store where consumers can buy a variety of good supported Android phones and where you have good price transparency and different carriers to choose from and take way a lot of the worry that comes from the massive amount of different Android phones (see paradox of choice) This will migitate the problems we see in the Windows world with the varying quality.
I guess Chrome OS computers could be sold similarly.
No Thom, no quality. Bring him back soon.