Originally Posted by ForumViewer
It's pretty obvious how closed Android really is when you look at all the cookie cutter tablets hitting the market. Google is at least making efforts to contain the tablet ecosystem. It's a lost cause for Android phones.
Cookie cutter compared to what exactly? Android tablets are more diverse than anything else on the market. You have different button layouts, different screen technologies, different form factors, different hardware, some with USB ports or pen digitizers or full sized SD card slots.
Originally Posted by steelbom
Why can't Google lock it down like Apple but offer several different GUIs to choose from? That way, when you buy a Droid, it's a Droid. Not with some different UI. Who cares right? As long as you've got it except it'll be Google giving it to you? Or am I missing something?
The manufacturers care. They think that rather than a clean, fast, stable operating system that users want a bloated launcher that can't even run on the hardware it was designed for, just so they can say "our phone is better than your phone because it has HTC SenseÂ©™Â®***
Seriously though, Android could fix a ton of problems by forcing all manufacturers and carriers to abide by this one simple rule:
No modifying/replacing core OS features.
If HTC wants to add Sense to their phones, they can't replace existing Android functionality with their own, they have to add to the existing software. Every phone should be able to revert back stock Android with at most a restart. That way App developers won't have to deal with device-specific implementations of the OS, since every device will be the same underneath. They can still replace core features like the Dialer and notification bar with their own versions, but they have to let the user switch back to Google's versions if they want to.
*** Sense is a registered trademark of HTC Corporation. All Rights reserved.
Edited by nathris - 8/4/11 at 5:06pm