Android founder says carriers add value, we do a spit take
Given all the Verizon iPhone rumors of late, and given our fears Verizon would try to mutilate iOS the way it's mutilated Android, it's rather shocking to hear Android founder Andy Rubin say the following to PCMag's Sacha Segan:
If I were to release an operating system that I claimed was open and that forced everybody to make [phones] all look the same and all support very narrow features and functionality, the platform wouldn't win. It wouldn't win because the OEMs have a lot of value to bring and the carriers have a lot of value to bring, and they need a vehicle by which to put their interesting differentiating features on these things. Every phone shouldn't look like every other phone. If that was the case there would just be one SKU, right? The whole idea here is just to figure out what consumers want, build phones and tailor them to what consumers want.
Which must be locked down search engines, aGPS, bloatware, and the various other sins Verizon, AT&T, et. al have visited on other platforms, including Android, right?
He also thinks Microsoft shouldn't have bother innovating Windows Phone 7 and just used Android. He thinks everyone should just use Android and no one should bother innovating anymore. By that logic, he shouldn't have bothered founding and innovating Android either and just waited around for Symbian Foundation to give him a build of their old OS. Sigh.
Unfortunately, it looks like he's already getting his wish and those of us who were looking forward to a few more innovative takes on a smartphone OS might just be disappointed.