Buzz Out Loud Lounge forum: Why exactly does Android matter?

by: minimalist November 5, 2007 4:01 PM PST

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Why exactly does Android matter?

by minimalist - 11/5/07 4:01 PM

I dont get it. How exactly is this new mobile device platform guaranteed to be a success that will change the cell phone industry as we know it?

The only major wireless provider that is on-board is T-Mobile and as far as I can tell they have committing to nothing more than giving an Android device or two a go. But apparently they could still hobble it in many ways. Eric Scmidt claimed today that, While it's feasible, it's also highly unlikely you'll see that scenario (hobbling of an Android device).

So whats the big leverage that Google has in this that will force wireless carriers to change their ways?

I love my Google Calender and Gmail, and the open source software philosophy is very inspiring and all, but I really dont see how the cell phone locking and hobbling problem can be solved without some sort of regulation. Even if you produced a great 100 dollar g-phone that you could buy off the shelf at wal-mart, the carriers are not obliged to let you use it on their networks.

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