Originally Posted by AsianBob
Wow... Someone woke up on the wrong side of the hatred bed this morning... You do know that you're the only one using the term "iPhone-killer", right? I get the feeling from your posts that you feel personally attacked that Google even dared to come out with something they see as an alternative to the iPhone.
Android 2.0 has been ported over to the G1 by the Android community as a proof-of-concept demonstration that it can run the latest OS. While yes, it's not official, it shows that a bit of optimization is all that's needed for the OS.
Since the G1 is made by HTC (Dream), I believe the delay in getting an official Eclair update to the G1 is because they're more focused on getting Sense to work with the latest upgrades in Android 2.0. Since all their future devices will use Sense, I find it understandable why they're putting more manpower into its upgrade. For all we know, they'll could put Sense on the G1 at the same time they update the Hero.
Look again at what you've written-- I think it makes the case that there are legitimate concerns regarding Android platform fragmentation and what it means for a broadly adopted consumer device.
Your reasons why all is well sound exactly like the Linux apologists that have been assuring us the Linux is set to make real inroads on consumer desktops, any minute now. The problem being, of course, that what seems right and evident and good to tech heads and geeks isn't necessarily, and probably isn't, what seems right and evident and good to the average consumer.
Remember, the whole point of the iPhone was to make smartphone functionality readily usable by the average
consumer. And not just the phone itself, but the whole process, from software updates to getting apps. And remember that upon launch, tech heads and geeks were full of contempt because they already had phones that could "do all that."
Now, Google has sort of explicitly positioned Android as the geek OS of choice, and I'm sure that a lot of early adopters are happy to dl "proof of concept" hacks that give their handsets various forms of functionality, and don't have trouble keeping track of various point releases and hardware capabilities. But that shit is never going to fly with the average consumer
. Worse, the same community that relishes digging into the underpinnings of their phone are likely to have nothing but contempt for users that just want to buy a phone that works, with the apps they buy, out of the box. When such consumers come looking for help, are they going to get the IT guy treatment?
The worst thing that could happen to Android would be to get a reputation as the geek phone of choice, with the geek community bristling at newbies who don't even know how to compile binaries or find OS tweeks generated by that community. Fragmentation isn't going to be a problem for a certain subset of users, as your post indicates. The problem is is that subset isn't big enough to drive truly mass market adoption. Android needs to have clarity, as a brand and as an experience, to remain a growing concern.