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Rooting for the dream

12.21.2010
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MG Siegler’s posts on Techcrunch are the running joke of the blogosphere, but for some reason, his latest article just prompted me to react.

And that quickly changed to $199 phones subsidized by carriers. In other words, nothing changed.

Google seemed to think they could go around them and sell phones on the web directly to consumers. The carriers didn’t like that idea too much. They pulled their backing of that plan. And Google had to pull the plug.


Google is trying hard to remove power from the carrier in order to give it to customers. Their initial attempt didn’t work as well as we all expected but somehow, you find this to be a reason to rejoice?

I don’t know about you, but if anything, I want Google to keep trying, and trying, and trying. Because that’s how change happens.

Besides, Android did change something: we’re in 2010 and the iPhone is not a monopoly. Now that’s something to celebrate, even though it seems to make you sad for some mystifying reason.

Soon, the vast majority of Android owners will have VCAST apps shoved in their faces


Getting something shoved in your face is never a pleasant thing, but this accusation coming from someone who is such a fan of Apple and Apple’s products is quite humorous. At least on Android, you can buy a different phone if you don’t like what’s coming preloaded on the one you buy. Good luck with that on the iPhone.

And what’s most disturbing about this is Google’s rhetoric. It has morphed from “wait and see” to “we think the carriers will get the message” to “we hope the carriers will get the message”. Newsflash: the carriers are not going to get the message as long as they have any shred of leverage.


Hey, I actually agree with that. And Google is trying to take away that leverage, so why are you so mad at them?

Again, dream world. Google set out with the idea that they could change everything on their terms.


A lot of the technology you and I use and love today exists because at some point, someone dreamed it. And they built it despite the opposition of people like you.

And again, just to be perfectly clear, I’m not saying Google shouldn’t try to change these industries. All of them need to be disrupted — in some cases very badly. I’m just not sure about Google’s execution on any of them.


Well, sure, because you picked all the examples were Google wasn’t very successful while carefully omitting to mention the ones where they did change everything. Android, Gmail, Maps, Earth, just to name a few.

All in all, it feels like the only reason why you dislike Google is because they are challenging your favorite company.

Your motto: “Try to make the world a better place, and if you fail, give up”.

Lame.

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Jesse Long replied on Wed, 2010/12/22 - 2:04am

Why is this on java.dzone.com?

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