Yesterday, I posted Google, The Vampire in which this revelation appeared:
This is going to sound really cynical, but the only thing that really matters is how many of these we ship – how many Android phones.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
The more I thought about that in the time since, the more it bothered me. What’s basically being said there is this:
1) This is a numbers racket we’re running
2) We don’t give a damn about the end user, they’re suckers
And then today while doing another post, I tripped across an earlier one of mine with a quote that put it all into perspective for me:
You see, that palpable fear I associate with Microsoft products is the fear that no one company is truly accountable for the Microsoft experience.
This is exactly what we’ve been seeing with Android too. And apparently, as we see from the first quote, Google really doesn’t give one damn about that.
The only company out there that seems to understand people just want a product that works and is as friction-free as possible is Apple.
Android is totally untenable as an ongoing competitor as long as more than one company uses it.
Think about it.
We’ve already seen this happen with Windows Mobile. How Microsoft pushes out an upgrade and then leaves it up to its licensees to decide whether or not they will offer it. The licensees in turn pass the buck, saying a carrier must request it. The carrier passes the buck by claiming only the “tech nuts” want it.
And so no one winds up with any improvement.
Are people going to want to put up with that?
The Camangi WebStation had to set up its own marketplace too, since its flavor of Google does not have the Google Experience.
These two — and other — vendors will use the open source Android, further muddying the waters of what “is” and “isn’t” actually Android.
Could you imagine anyone in their right minds wanting to step into that swamp?
And what does Google itself have to say about OS upgrades?
Whatever the case, DiBona defends Google’s decision to give some partners access to new code before others – and to let them offer their own UI.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Doesn’t this sound just like Windows Mobile’s OS upgrade debacle?
In fact, it’s worse — because hardware manufacturers are now slapping their own lipstick on this pig: HTC’s Sense, Motorola’s shade of pixelry, and who knows what other suckers are in the pipeline? This wasn’t originally permitted with Windows Mobile. Adding that layer of lipstick means further delaying OS upgrades to customers because the manufacturer must first upgrade its lipstick!
What’s the effect to the true customer — average people like you and me who just want something that works?
We have to pay attention to what software works with which version of Android.
This is nuts.
No one is going to put up with that for long.
Just yesterday I had to look up AlphaSmart. They offer a very basic writer’s tool for the bargain price of US$169.00. I was intrigued. Then I had a look at their download page and that US$169.00 was no longer any kind of bargain — it was work! No possible sale from me!
And that’s going to happen with current Android owners too.
At some point their initial joy is going to turn into effort — into work.
As I quoted from a review of the Motorola Milestone (aka Droid):
I don’t consider it to be a consumer’s primary task to fix a flawed smart phone OS
What about having to fix a flawed smartphone OS that’s been poured into a mini-tablet?
People will not put up with that.
The overarching principle here too is that Google is not to be trusted as a partner.
But why should this be news? I revealed Google’s strategy back in 2008 — Google Uses The iPhone As An Android Testbed
Now we see Apple looking to evict Google Maps from the iPhone. Apple understands it’s being used as a testbed by Google and will always be offered less than what is offered to Android.
It took Apple two years to wake up.
In the next two years, everyone else — Android licensees, Android open source device manufacturers, and Android customers — will wake up.
Google will pull Android back into the GooglePlex and Google will be the sole source of all Android devices.
They will mask it under the guise of offering a “consistent experience.”
In plain language: Gotcha, suckers!
Like Apple, all of you are nothing more than another Google testbed.
Any company that’s betting its future on Android has already lost that bet.
You didn’t enter into a contract.
You agreed to a suicide pact.
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