Leslie Grandy is a consultant who blogs at The Consumer Matters. Previously, she was an executive at T-Mobile, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and RealNe…

Contributor Leslie Grandy

Leslie Grandy is a consultant who blogs at The Consumer Matters. Previously, she was an executive at T-Mobile, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and RealNetworks.

When Google (NSDQ: GOOG) formed the Open Handset Alliance back in November 2007, it brought together a global list of carriers, software developers and handset makers that supported the Android open source project. Since then, the OHA has not materialized into any kind of global force for change, leaving many in the industry

  1. Contador Wanarua Monday, May 3, 2010

    Why does Google want to become the Jack of all trades.This is unfair

  2. So what’s going on with Limo these days? Are OEM’s/ODM’s possibly looking to switch?

  3. synthmeister Monday, May 3, 2010

    The open handset alliance simply illustrates that being “open” doesn’t guarantee success. Especially with a successful, established and well-heeled competitor already on the market. If Moto, for example comes up with a cool variation on the Android OS, that helps them sell more phones, why would they want to share that variation with everyone else? Also, Google, coming out with the Nexus One probably wasn’t a great encouragement to the rest of the OHA. And Google allowing multiple versions of Android to be sold SIMULTANEOUSLY (from 1.5 to 2.2) is just silly if not disastrous for developers and overall growth of the platform.

  4. Angelworks Monday, May 3, 2010

    How would you describe Apple’s developer network? I’d describe it as dictatorial. I’ll take Google’s oligarchy over Steve’s rule any day.

    I can only think of one Android handset that a completely proprietary handset – Dell. Even HTC’s sense UI is very similar to the stock Android UI.

    This article is nothing but pure FUD over Android – simple as that.

  5. The author conveniently forgets that the underlying android kernel source code is open and can be forked and maintained independent of Google. Why try to paint Verizon as not wanting to sell the Nexus One? Google sells the phones, the network supports it. You can bet that Apple put the kibosh on the Verizon/Nexus one phone synergy.

  6. Don’t forget, the core Android applications are not open source. Market, GMail, Maps, Calendar, Talk, and others are still not open.

    Also remember that this already caused some problems: http://androidandme.com/2009/09/hacks/cyanogenmod-in-trouble/

  7. the biggest blow to the OHA is that OEMs will now have to pay Microosft to use Android: http://www.mobiletechworld.com/2010/04/29/oems-will-have-to-pay-microsoft-20-to-40-per-phone-for-using-android/

  8. Just bear in mind Google’s agenda is to push their web services on mobile then all things become logical. Android is a platform to access Google’s web services, the next Microsoft Windows for mobile devices. It is business and certainly Google is not giving out free lunch to the failing mobile makers.

    The formula is like this. Although people can install anythomg onto Android, (1) there is the 512MB application limit that forbid serious applications like OpenOffice and you have to use web application like Google Doc and etc (2) mobile makers may innovate but considering their history, few will bother to (HTC is really an exception) (3) mobile makers may package competitor services but reckon that Microsoft will not like it, and most people will accustom to use the preinstalled Google services just like IE does (3) even if Telco goes astray and try to kick away Google, the base OS is in Google’s discretion (yes, Android is open source, but doesn’t mean there is without Google’s proprietary code or algorithm).

    Regarding device fragmentation, everyone aware of it and sure Google too. With Google’s focus on web services, then local applications on the mobile is just an attraction. That’s why the 512MB curse and their loosely controlled App Store. It is enough for developers “innovate” funny things to get people into Android. So fragmentation is not a problem. Pirated software is not a problem. In fact pirated software will make Android more popular.

  9. such an objective opinion from a former Apple exec… lol. we prefer working with Android over Apple anyday.

  10. This article is just FUD against Android.

    The OHA may not be perfect, but what other open source choices do we have for SmartPhones OS for the moment? Even if the OHA fails in the future there will be available the source code for Android and any Chinese phone manufacturer may use it for their phones without depending on the OHA or Google.

    “OEMs are continuing to fragment the user experience for Android…” this is Apple talking.

    “Alliance members may contribute new projects, and choose to share—or not share – code with other Alliance members….” Some components are under the Apache license, other under the GNU GPL. According to which you are using you had to follow the rules. So, there is no need to complain like it is a big deal that there are member that do not share the source code.

    This is FUD !!!!! Only complains, this is not a constructive critic.

    But how do we know that Leslie Grandy (ex Apple ) is not under Jobs Reality Distortion Field ? The RDF is very powerful, everyone that worked at Apple and/or used one may be contaminated by that.

    Lesly, just update your article and say to switch to an iPhone to be honest to yourself.


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