Last Updated: Jan 12,2010
Google Phone Threatens Droid More Than IPhone: Rich Jaroslovsky - BusinessWeek
Boring, more of the same diatribe.
DROID may not have AMOLED, but it does have 26,000 more pixels. Some have commented that, while the AMOLED is richer and more saturated, the pixel density of the DROID screen provides a more pleasing output.
I do believe that the N1 hurts the DROID's potential sales figures, but at the end of the day, when DROID gets 2.1, the only thing that'll separate the two are the processors, which aren't that different in performance.
What I think the N1 does is threaten all of Google's partnerships, except with HTC. If GOOG allows Motorola to be the partner that puts out the Enterprise Nexus One or the Nexus Two, then perhaps, they'll repair their partnership. But it's obvious, clear and reported that Google has strained relationships with all their partners (sans HTC) with the release of this phone. GOOG has to do some serious damage control.
At the end of the day, right now, their new model for distributing their technology hasn't been a super success. Customer service issues, T-Mo offering ZERO support to the phone even if you have a contract, etc. It seems to have been more damaging than beneficial. Only time will tell though...
While quite logical and even likely, it is too early to present any of this as anything but speculation.
Where are the reports that theyve upset partners ?
Um, Moto CEO was at the Nexus One launch. Expect them to be selling phones on Google's site soon. It's a big boost for them. Now they can have the Motorola and Google brands behind their products.
I think the article makes the error of dividing android devices into intra-competing factions with the idea that the goal is to have one *single* phone dominate the market. Clearly, Apple has taken the One Phone/One OS approach while Android is being released across a variety of phones simultaneously. The question isn't "is the DROID the iPhone killer' or 'is the N1 the DROID killer.' It's 'which business model will be more successful in the end.' OS versus OS more than phone verses phone.
If you watch the Engadget interview with Erick Tseng who is the Android product manager, he clearly mentioned that what they're trying to push is not a one "Google Phone". He clearly mentioned that they're trying to push a direct to customer marketplace where we can mix and match whatever phone we want (all unlocked) with whatever carriers we like (based on coverage, price, and features).
Now, right now it seems that Google is favoring HTC because there is only one device!! They clearly stated that in the future, if there is any other manufacturers or carriers want to join in, they are more than welcome to do so. This is evidenced by Vodafone joining the carriers list and one of Motorola representative was in the presentation which one can only assume that Moto is probably in the system as well.
Frankly speaking, this model is what I've been looking for. Executed right, It's good for the customer in every economic sense possible. Right now, we saw a lot of confusion who should support what. I think if they sort it out properly, this direct to consumer model will be big. This model is a little different from Nokia's approach because Google is also tapping carriers as well as manufacturers.
Now, why do I think this is beneficial for us, the consumers. I think this model is a groundbreaking because it lets people purchase both unsubsidized phones or subsidized YET STILL unlocked phones from the market with 2 years agreement. This in turn will create a world where carriers are merely... carriers... not something who can dictate when and what phone to purchase. We have the freedom to choose when we wanna buy new phones or even if we are locked for 2 years and happen to go to area where for example T-Mobile has no coverage, we can use AT&T sim card without having to deal with customer service wrestling to unlock our phone. I am sure your utility providers don't dictate what stove or refrigerator you can have at home, right?
That said, carriers are probably the hardest to convert in this model as they have no assurance whatsoever that we will use their service even after we sign up with them. This is shown by T-Mobile for their unwillingness to offer a good upgrade path to its existing consumer with either discounted or family plan or any other plan for that matter just because the fact that Nexus One is unlocked across the board (YES even if you purchase it with T-Mobile 2 years contract, it's still unlocked)
After we went past this stage, however, and if the demand is there, carriers will realize their place in the universe is not as highly as they thought to be. They are just merely a dumb pipe to enable communication to their customer and nothing more.
Just my 2 cents
Well hopefully they've strained relations with Samsung, because tbh Samsung can go <bleep> themselves.
Us poor Galaxy users have been left in the cold on android 1.5 forever - I don't want Samsung to get anymore of the android pie!
This happens to all phones with customized UI. Moto Cliq is stuck on 1.5 as well. Maybe Sense UI is up to 1.6, but 2.0 is still going to be slow on it.
Sense is skipping 1.6 for 2.1 release H1 of 2010
The Galaxy doesn't have a customised UI at all! It runs absolute basic stock android...and they still couldnt be bothered upgrading it!!
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