Android Co-Founder: More Bloatware Needed from Carriers


I'm sure about every single one of you out there disagrees with this guy. But Rich Miner, the Co-Founder of Android, who is now a General Partner at Google Ventures thinks that Carriers and manufacturers need to add more bloat to their devices. Since the Galaxy Nexus, these Nexus devices have seen a rapid increase in sales, even though Google never officially releases their sales numbers, and that is partly due to the manufacturers skins and bloat on every other device. The other part is updates.

We all know Android is an open operating system right? Fierce Wireless spoke with Rich Miner about bloat and carrier/manufacturer skins. He said that he was surprised that carriers haven't spent more money and time in creating new and unique user interfaces on their devices.


At the Open Mobile Summit Conference, Miner had this to say:

"There's a big opportunity that they seem to have left on the table,"

"I'm a little curious as to why" carriers haven't done more to customize their Android phones."


While almost every carrier pre-loads their devices with bloat (a.k.a. stuff we never use, and end up rooting to install before ICS came along), so far no carrier has made their own custom skin. Leaving that part up to the manufacturer. Miner thinks that carriers should customize their Android handsets instead of manufacturers to cater to their customers' needs. I really hope Rich Miner doesn't tell Verizon this.

Many of us hate these custom skins like Touchwiz, Sense, Motorola's Custom User Interface, and others. They are just bulky and in the way. We want a stock Android device, we want it the way Matias Duarte and his staff wanted Android to be. Not the way the carriers and manufacturers want it. And as far as bloat, doesn't Verizon put enough on there already? They even put bloat on a freaking Nexus, seriously Verizon? But that's a rant for another time.


I'm sure I speak for most of you when I say, No we don't need more bloat and more custom overlays on Android. Let us know your thoughts below, as usual we love to hear them.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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