I recently stumbled across this quote somewhere on the AppleInsider website. I’ve got nothing to add, so here we go:
“Google only wants to give phone makers and providers enough code to allow them to deliver their own customized, distinguished products so that it can continue its core business of selling ads and paid search to mobile users. Those partners actually want to have control over differentiated, compelling features that they can use to sell their Android phones in competition with other Android makers.
So rather than Android being a platform being pushed forward by Google, it will largely be advanced by Motorola, HTC, Sony Ericsson, and other makers who all have a history of making dozens of phones with terrible user interfaces and bizarre bundled apps and hardware features that are poorly implemented.
The commonality between these devices will be that they all run Dalvik bytecode and have an open source kernel, something that few Android users will care anything about.
Essentially, Android isn’t Google’s phone platform, it’s an open alternative for failing hardware makers to use in place of Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Linux to create the same type of convoluted, fractionalized, and poorly integrated products they’re already making. This is also why Symbian, Windows Mobile, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson are all failing commercially.
Google’s primary and most significant contribution won’t be any major innovation in the core Android platform but rather in its own bundled apps, where Google plans to earn its revenues from via, to put it bluntly, adware and spyware. It should not be a surprise to see that Google is motivated to do things that advance the company’s profitability rather than create free value for other companies at monumental expense to itself.
Google has no interest in making Android phones work well with a media app like iTunes because it doesn’t have one; it has no motive to develop hardware integration with home theater or WiFi products because it doesn’t sell them; it has no need to line up major software vendors or games developers for Android because it doesn’t make any money selling hardware, and there’s really very little money involved in creating and maintaining a third party software store.“