Originally Posted by Bsginc
Google is giving preferential treatment. If they dont offer the same access, within the same requirements to all customers, that is illegal. Apple treats everyone the same way. Consistency is not illegal. Big difference.
Offering preference to one vendor, even a subsidiary that they buy, over it's competitors is monopolistic and, thus, illegal if Google does that.
You're not getting it.
Google chooses "Flagship" devices to showcase the new version and android. Since they DO NOT make devices on their own, this means working with one of the manufacturers to develop a new device that shows off all the new software features with appropriate hardware. These manufacturers are selected using a bidding process that they ALL have the option to participate in.
Once a manufacturer is selected, they work with Google to build the device, necessitating that they have access to the code before it's posted publicly because they're also the error testers for it. With the exception of honeycomb, every other version of code was released publicly (called AOSP) typically within a weak of the device announcement.
Here's a brief example:
Android 1.5/1.6=G1 by HTC
Android 2.0 = Droid by Motorola
Android 2.1/2.2= Nexus One by HTC
Android 2.3= Nexus S by Samsung
Android 3.0= Xoom by Motorola
Android 4.0= ?
It should be worth noting that beyond that SINGLE lead device, it doesn't seem that this "early access" helps a manufacturer update existing devices (or new ones) any faster. IN fact, with 2.2, some of the First phones to launch with it (Froyo) were from LG, a company that has yet to GET a "flagship" device. Motorola devices were some of the first to get upgraded to 2.2 even though it was an HTC device (nexus one) that showed it off. With Gingerbread everyone is struggling to update devices, samsung most of all, even though they had the software FIRST.
With Honeycomb, the only "unreleased" version, the update path gets even murkier. Even though the Xoom is the flagship, it's only the verizon version that seems to have an advantage with the updates. The Asus Transformer seems to get updates a lot faster than the wifi xoom.
Again, this is NOTHING NEW. FOSS patents knew this, but he also knew that making it seem like it was something he "discovered" would mean more people writing about him, and that people like DED were looking for ANYTHING to put Google in a negative light so they wouldn't question it. (note his Title choice for this article)