"Mooooommy, theyre gonna hurt my iPhone!!"
I can see the rabid Apple fanbois foaming at the mouth because they think this somehow affects their 'precious', when it doesnt.
They dont know what this Android does or how it could affect the sales of The Company (All hail the company!) and the sense of well being they feel when the stock rises but they sense this could be a disturbance in the force so youre going to see a lot of doomsayers.
If Google and friends spend a billion on hip advertising campaigns and make things round and shiny, then this cant fail.
Without all the details in, this plan still looks good on the surface (and must have instilled fear in the carriers) and if it can somehow lower costs as well as TRULY open the platform for third party apps, then it should do well.
PS: I just used my friends Prada this morning and am as underwhelmed as with the iPhone. Yes, they both have nice interfaces, so what?
Its a cell phone people, something just above the Bic lighter in terms of shelf life: it lasts 2 years (the lenght of your subsidized plan) and if you havent lost it or dropped, you usually get a new one which is bigger/smaller and better. (Im presently using a 40$ handset and voice dialing is the only option I really need so I could care less.)
I then asked the manager at the cell phone store where I went to get a car charger what is the main thing people look at and he said price. First and foremost. The people who want their TREO and N95 already know what they want: its rare those people come in to glance, you have to do no sales job on them. Onthe other hand, Joe Consumer will hem and haw since he has no allegiance to a brand even if he owns a phone already.
He said that if a Google-platformed phone is in a good price range AND you have almost unlimited apps that you can add on then people will very likely extend the life of their cell phones (people often change because of a function or apps on a new phone so if you can keep adding apps to your phone and your happy with it, the reasons for changing become smaller.) ... which of course is not good for new sales, so he's not sure why the phone manufacturers would want this. Built in obsolence is a way of life in this business.
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