Google Android began with the greatest of intentions — freedom, openness, and quality software for all. However, freedom always comes with price, and often results in unintended consequences. With Android, one of the most important of those unintended consequences is now becoming clear as Google gets increasingly pragmatic about the smartphone market and less and less tied to its original ideals.
Here’s the dirty little secret about Android: After all the work Apple did to get AT&T to relinquish device control for the iPhone and all the great efforts Google made to get the FCC and the U.S. telecoms to agree to open access rules as part of the 700 MHz auction, Android is taking all of those gains and handing the power back to the telecoms.
Good article from Jason Hiner on how Android is becoming a way for telcos to regain/retain carrier lock-in. Also a lovely illustration of market dynamics and the power of existing business models/market interests.
Worth a read: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=5855#