READ THIS PLEASE.... Exclusive Q&A: Google's Andy Rubin Talks Android | News & Opinion | PCMag.com A recent interview with Andy Rubin (stole it right off of this site's home page). Want to know the philosophies behind Android, he clears up a lot of questions that fly around this forum every day. Very good article. God I wish more people (carriers) would listen to him. He's such a generous person. He truly just wants us to have this platform and enjoy it for the sake of having a good, usable OS... not so that he can own a bigger mansion than Bill Gates. Some of the highlights for me were... Sascha Segan - People have been saying that the freedom of Android has basically meant that the carriers are free to screw the consumers. Andy Rubin - If I were to release an operating system that I claimed was open and that forced everybody to make [phones] all look the same and all support very narrow features and functionality, the platform wouldn't win. It wouldn't win because the OEMs have a lot of value to bring and the carriers have a lot of value to bring, and they need a vehicle by which to put their interesting differentiating features on these things. Every phone shouldn't look like every other phone. If that was the case there would just be one SKU, right? The whole idea here is just to figure out what consumers want, build phones and tailor them to what consumers want. Sascha Segan - Back in January, I had this really interesting talk with Erick Tseng about the Nexus One, which was supposed to offer an alternative retail model by which Americans could pick their phone and technology and carrier independently. But that doesn't seem to have panned out. Andy Rubin - Making unlocked phones available in the U.S. is still a possibility. Whether that's simply acquired only online or through traditional retail channels - that's what got canceled. So we have to decide how to make unlocked phones available in the U.S. Sascha Segan - What Android features are you personally most proud of? Andy Rubin - First of all, the strategy is a winning strategy. We're talking about a platform where for the first time you can look at the code, you can inspect the code, you can see how it works. We got all sorts of valuable input from the community around security architecture and things like that. ... lots more of that in the article. Before I read this article I was under the impression that Google created Android, but they didn't. They acquired it. But they share the same 'open' philosophy, so it was a great match. My respect for the company and the platform increased even more after reading this.