Many Android purists have been annoyed with manufacturers over the past couple of years, as almost no phones other than Nexus devices are being released onto the market with stock Android. In a recent interview Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha revealed that carriers are making that decision, and that they need to make money off of it all.
“Verizon and AT&T don’t want seven stock ICS devices on their shelves,” and “The vast majority of the changes we make to the OS are to meet the requirements that carriers have.”
So there you have it. The Android manufacturers aren’t looking to differentiate as much, but that the carriers are stepping in and assuring that certain requirements were met on a device’s OS before they allow it to be sold on their network. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as many thought that manufacturers put skins on their phones to build up customer preference. Do you think carriers should have such strict requirements? Should they allow more stock Android devices? Let us know in the comments!
via The Verge