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What does Google's rumored new direction mean for Sprint?

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  1. Citizen Coyote

    Citizen Coyote Well-Known Member

    The Wall Street Journal and Computer World's Android Power blog are reporting on rumors that Google is adopting a new model for Nexus phone distribution. Instead of going with a single manufacturer to build the next Nexus, Google will be partnering with the big three (Moto, HTC, and Samsung) plus Sony, Asus, ZTE, and Huawei for the next Nexus. Each company will have early access to the next edition of Android (Jelly Bean, or whatever they call it). This matches up with Google's assurances to the manufacturers that Google's acquisition of Motorola won't disadvantage them.

    That's only half the news, though. The other bit is Google and the manufacturers will then sell these devices directly to consumers, unlocked and contract free, through the Google Play website, much like what they're doing with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus right now. This will not only allow Google to control what's on the phone (eliminating carrier bloat) but will also allow them to push out timely upgrades to the software.

    This is great if you're on a GSM carrier that uses SIM cards, like AT&T and T-Mobile. But what about the CDMA carriers, Sprint and Verizon, that don't use SIMs except for LTE? How would that going to affect them? I'm not sure how an "unlocked" CDMA phone would work. Would we be stuck with carrier-branded versions of these devices? Or is there more to an LTE SIM than I know?

  2. Raftysworld

    Raftysworld Well-Known Member

    You're stuck with carrier-branded/bloated devices. I got fed up with it and bought a Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store, and activated a no-contract $30/month plan with 100 minutes, unlimited texting, unlimited data on TMobile. The beauty is, if I decide that this plan sucks, next month I can switch to a new one. No hassle whatsoever.
  3. Tommydaniel

    Tommydaniel Well-Known Member

    The Galaxy Nexus on Sprint is still bloat free.
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  4. mak916

    mak916 Well-Known Member

    Think I might have to save up some money and finally get me a Nexus device. I hope HTC makes a good one. I would love to see Motorola make one too.
  5. Orion

    Orion Well-Known Member

    I'm planning on getting the next Nexus...unlocked though. For now, I'm excited for the EVO LTE.
  6. Citizen Coyote

    Citizen Coyote Well-Known Member

    I would love to see what the various manufacturers come up with. Android has evolved to the point where skins are not really necessary, and it would be nice to get a pure Android phone from the manufacturer of your choice. Who knows, maybe the various phone makers will offer two flavors of each, one skinned and one stock.

    I know, crazy, but I can dream.
  7. simcha

    simcha Well-Known Member

    What? That's crazy talk. Then the carriers and manufacturers would not be able to completely control a user's experience to enhance profits for the carriers and the manufacturers. Heresy! LOL!


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