Originally Posted by mrochester
Yes, it's completely ridiculous, but I'm only highlighting the double standard. If more choice is better, then why is it that we see people so vehemently support Apple's locked down OS, and their slim selection of hardware products? Why is it Dell, Microsoft and Google are constantly bashed for giving us 'more choice'? The great Android fragmentation, and so on and so forth. But wait, I'm confused, because I thought 'more choice is better'? Hmmmm, sounds a little too fishy to me, and just goes to show that as soon as an Apple logo is slapped on it, it's OK.
Because PC products are commodities. The various companies make me too products that are interchangeable. They are locked in by MS's OS, which defines what they can, and can't do. There is not really that much choice. Buy a computer from Hp, Dell or others, and you're essentially buying the same PC. There are very few differences. Mostly the styling of the plastic.
I have nothing against the fragmentation of Android. It's just that it will no longer be Android.
Remember that OS X is based on Free BSD. But does anyone call it Free BSD? No. Why? Because it's so much more, and the BSD is unrecognizable.
When Android phones get to that point, and they will in a couple of years or so, they won't be Android phones anymore. They'll be Android based phones which is a very different thing. Then no one will be talking about Android. It will be forgotten. People will be talking about Motorola, HTC, Verizon (who gives its own names and features to the phones), and whomever else will be basing their own OS on it.
They won't be compatible. Then we'll have Nokia, RIM, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony/Ericsson (if they're still around), Palm (if they're still around), Microsoft (if they're still around), and a bunch of others
Apple and the rest won't be competing against Android phones, because there won't be any any longer. Hard as it is to believe it, I really don't think that Google's management understood this when they were planning the "big takeover".