Saving Android From a Second-Rate Future

Anil Dash dari Wired:

Every iPhone comes with iOS exactly as Steve Jobs intended, which means developers know precisely what they’re getting. But Google’s hardware partners like Samsung and HTC deploy heavily customized versions of Android onto their phones, replacing Google’s clean experience with their own user interfaces and bloatware. Given all the Android skins like Pure Breeze and Sense and TouchWiz, and all the companies that have failed to upgrade their customers’ Gingerbread devices to Honeycomb, or Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich, there are dozens of different versions of Android in use right now.

So unless your phone says “Nexus” on it, you’re not running true Android. And Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, for example, accounts for just 0.5 percent of the smartphone market. It’s a safe bet that there are more people using jailbroken iPhones than Nexus phones. If I were a Google engineer who’d poured his time and effort into the beautiful Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, I’d be pissed.

Android is about free choice… fast update or not.