Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
It’s all there — all your worst fears about Android, confirmed by filings for Oracle v. Google. The twofacedness about “open”. Giving preferential treatment to specific OEMs (specifically Motorola).
And this, which I already understood implicitly but it’s still sickening to see it spelled out like this, from a 2009 document entitled “Android Strategy and Partnerships Overview”:
“Android isn’t a new product to monetize; it’s a new medium to drive monetization on existing products.”
Combined, it’s all enough to make me physically ill. I’m staying out of this mess. There’s no way something this gross can be sustainable. And if it somehow does succeed — if Google’s story plays out the same way as Microsoft’s did (which is what all of this really reminds me of) — count me out anyway.
Also posted on Quora.