Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Motorola’s Recent Windows Phone 7 Statement

Motorola recently stated something interesting.

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Motorola was also worried about using an OS like Windows Phone that is not open source. “We would like an opportunity to create unique value and we don’t feel we could with a closed platform,” she said. Going with Windows Phone would create a scenario where the only value Motorola could offer was commoditized hardware, she said.

What does this mean exactly?

Android fans are seemingly in an uproar over at Droid Life, who posted this just recently.  Android users, and Droid Life, are essentially calling Motorola the Pot, and Microsoft the Kettle here.  Is that fair and accurate?  I think not.  And for good reason, thank you very much.

What is my reasoning here?  Because Android is indeed an open platform that lets not just users, but developers do some amazing things.  It allows the developer to include, or exclude, any aspects they wish from the OS.  It also has a wide open range of hardware support.  As long as you can develop the drivers, you can utilize it.  Windows Phone 7 is much like anything with Windows slapped on it.  It is developed by Microsoft, drivers are developed, and then Microsoft suggests hardware that is best for it.  Developers can’t alter the OS, or even make requests.  All they can do is add additional bloatware to the system that is separate from the functionality of the OS.

So, where is the argument?  Because recently on a YouTube video for the Atrix, a representative of Motorola commented on a reply about making the device “rootable”.  They basically told users to take their money elsewhere if they want to do that with a phone.  Rude?  Yes.  Makes sense?  A little.  Motorola is in the business of making phones that work, and work WELL.  To allow customers to compromise their devices introduces a rogue element that could easily compromise not only the device, but the carriers services.  What kind of carrier services?  How about Wireless and USB tethering?  You know what I am talking about.  Yes, there is more innocent reasons for rooting, such as overclocking and having access to better ROMs.  I do it.  I am on FRG83G 2.2.2 FroYo.  I could be on Gingerbread 2.3.2 if I really want to also.

Android is an open platform and gives Motorola the ability to give us, the users, great devices such as the Atrix and Bionic and the various other Droid phones.   It also gives them the ability to create a platform widely supported for Apps, but still deliver a unique user experience.  You don’t like blur?  Get LauncherPro or Go Launcher.  That simple.  I may not be able to root my next device, but that is why I intend to keep my Droid for a good while.

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