Originally Posted by floorguy
Google Inc. is shifting its strategy for its Android mobile operating system, in a bid to create a united front with smartphone and tablet makers to take on rivals like Apple Inc. and prevent wireless carriers from controlling the devices.
Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. That is a shift from Google's previous practice, when it joined with with only one hardware maker at a time to produce "lead devices," before releasing the software to other device makers. ...
what will this do for our devices???
I read about that also. The only thing I'd wonder about Google doing this is, will the providers and/or manufacturers actually be okay with that? Adding more "Google" phones would mean less influence over proprietary bloatware that the providers always like to add on. 1 Device (e.g. Nexus phone) is fine, but to add 3-4 phones to a lineup...that can impact both the providers and manufacturers.
And you better believe, if Google goes against their word and decides to keep everything "in house" (e.g. Googlrola), what does that mean for the competitors like Samsung and HTC that have made Nexus phones in the past?