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So, my theory:
Every Nexus (and previous dev devices like Dream/Sapphire) were originally meant for developers to help them develop on the newest platforms available:
G1 was the first Android device, Nexus 1 was the first device with 1GHz, 512MB RAM etc.
The Nexus S is a bit tricky, though. It´s basically a slightly improved Galaxy S. New features: NFC and Gyroscope (I know it was already in other Galaxy devices before).
So, why did Google launch the device? I think, they have an dual-core Nexus in the pipeline, which wouldn´t be ready in November/December. So they decided to develope the Nexus S (not that much work I guess ) to show the new features of Gingerbread which they wanted to release as early as possible.
Why haven´t they simple updated the Nexus One for demonstration purpose? Because it doesn´t support all new features. NFC etc.
Regarding the Motorola Nexus: Developer need next generation (dual-core, higher res...) phones to optimize their apps. Moto already developed two dual-core devices, Tegra2 is ready. Sounds logical to me.
But beside this, I still pray for an HTC dual-core phone in the very next months
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And then there's the unlocked thing...I imagine some Russian CDMA networks would allow you to activate a Droid, but for the most part it's locked to Verizon. They aren't going to change this.
I'm thoroughly convinced these two things are what kept the Nexus One off Verizon and Sprint. I'm sure AT&T would have objected if they could have as well.(•‿•)
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Now, the practice is making a comeback on smartphones.
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But bloatware isn’t a feature in all smartphones. AT&T hasn’t piled extraneous software onto Apple’s iPhone. Motorola’s Droid phone ships with just the core applications. Google and T-Mobile resisted the bloatware impulse with the Nexus One.
So, why does bloatware suddenly seem to be multiplying on some Android devices? Android’s popularity means every few weeks a new device running the operating system hits the market. Wireless carriers and handset makers see the new devices as an opportunity to generate additional revenue.
“Ultimately revenue from data plans will reach the same level of saturation as voice services. So carriers see some of these services as an additional revenue stream,” says Golvin.
I say "almost" with the original droid. None of those apps had to run, (I don't even recall them trying to pop up) iPhone, Motorola Droid 1, nexus series, great examples of Google phones. Yes, only the nexus is pure, but they can't get that on a big network can they? I think with some work, it could happen. The OG droid was a vanilla OS, not IU rubbed like HTC/Motorola/samsung, and everything else these days. I am staying true to my thoughts here, Verizons OG droid was beautiful. If we get another droid like that? Euphoria for android fans, as we can snip a couple apps in a minute
- 01-14-2011, 09:06 PM #25
You're not getting the concept I think. For the next Android developer phone, I must be able to:
- connect it to my development computer
- run two scripts
- run "make"
- then flash the fully open source build back to the phone
- reboot to run it.
Either Verizon has to keep every Verizon specific app off the phone, or they will never get access to a developer phone. This includes apps that people didn't mind having, like the unified inbox. The Droid was not even close to meeting this criteria, but I think with the right amount of dollar signs in someone's eyes Verizon could let this happen.
The build that is flashed needs to work on any network the hardware is capable of. This means Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon and all CDMA regional carriers for a CDMA phone. This will never happen, because US carriers are too damn predatory. T-Mobile and AT&T have no choice, because SIM cards just work.
As for the blurb from engadget, they missed the mark. Carriers pay manufacturers to make phones they can fill with crap because they want extra money from the consumer. Android, being open source, makes this easy, and does a much better job than old BREW phones ever did. Apple added the Verizon Hotspot and location service to the iPhone. With Android, there's no need to have Google add anything, just hire a programmer to edit the source code and build whatever you want. Open Source doesn't = good or better, it only = open.(•‿•)