Android is beautiful. It stands for everything I believe in when it comes to open source software. I’m a proud owner of a Nexus One and I’m happy to say that since I bought it unlocked, I have no carrier bloatware (or crapware as some would call it) on my phone. It also has no third-party skins all over it, so I’m getting the official Android experience and I have to say – it feels great. But at the same time, when I read articles about how carriers and hardware manufacturers are making Android less “open” (which is completely incorrect since “open” means the source code is free to use, as Andrew Kameka explains very well; for the purpose of this article, I will continue to use the “well-known” definition) I get very frustrated. Android with no additions is paradise and there is no doubt that some third-party Android spin-offs, like Cyanogen, are following the correct path.
But these carriers..oh these carriers are not so beautiful. Read more