“My own garden is my own garden,” said the Giant; “anyone can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself.” So he built a high wall all around it, and put up a notice-board.One of the main selling points of Android devices is that Google Android is an open platform compared to the walled garden owned by the Selfish Giant, I mean, Steve Jobs. A number of recent articles in the tech blogosphere (yes, I hate myself a little bit for using that term) have started to call into question this myth.TRESPASSERSHe was a very selfish Giant.
- Verizon is About to Kick Google in the Apps...
- Android is as Open as the Closed Fist I'd Like to Punch the Carriers With
- ...When Greedy Carriers Ruin Decent Phones
- The “Verizon iPhone” Versus “The iPhone On Verizon’s Network”
Let's look at Android. It's open, it's free, it's extensible, it's upgradeable YAY! But, oh wait, my carrier or my manufacturer has put a skin on it so you can't upgrade when the new version comes out without breaking the UI you know and/or love. And my carrier changed and locked the default search provider. And they downplayed the open market in favor of their own closed markets. Oh no, looks like we've got a couple more Selfish Giants on the prowl. Regardless of which one wins, the average user is the loser. This is why I think it is high time for the FCC to step in and change the rules of the cellular marketplace. They need to:
- Ban carrier phone subsidies.
- Ban carrier software bundling.
- Ban hardware crippling.