Android splintering? Yes. Problem? Hellz Yes
His position was that it’s the carriers that are responsible, not Google. I completely disagree. Google should have been in the same position as Apple. However by taking the “we’re Google, everyone can play, we’re not involved once we release.” approach, they’ve ensured that no two Android devices are the same.
Yes the carrier’s are responsible for the splintering, and yes that’s what they’ve always done, and why until recent history the mobile phone space has been so craptastic, hell look at Nokia. Grab any two S60s and I’m willing to bet the OS won’t look the same or work the same or have the same function in the same place.
Sure looks like that’s the way Android is going too. Russ is right, pick up any iDevice and you know where settings is, you know how the mail app works, etc.
I completely agree with Russ, if Google doesn’t step in and get control of Android it’s gonna go the way of Symbian, a flavor for every device, except it’ll be worse, since Android is on multiple carriers, so the splintering will be exponentially more shitty.
That’s gonna spell disaster for Android, it’ll be irrelevant before it’s relevant. As an iPhone owner I want Android to be a rival, to keep Apple competitive, and make my iPhone worth the money I spend. I want to have a viable alternative to my iPhone, so that if AT&T doesn’t get their act together, I can drop ’em like a bad habit.
Don’t mess this up Google.