When it came to flogging hardware direct, google customer support frankly sucked. And it had the extra bonus of really pissing off the people it really needs to take on apple, the carriers. They rely on the link between hardware and the contracts to either upsell on the contract, or overcharge for the hardware - and that applies whether it's an android, iphone or blackberry.
Yes, there are retailers selling handsets directly, but with google doing it - and offering immediate updates to android without all the carrier crapware - it was a much greater threat to their bottom line. I'd say that google got into a staring contest with the carriers, and lost, which is unfortunate.
I don't know if it's "amazing" per se, but I know I find Poynt indispensable on my BB. It was launched on BB, and has been ported to the iOS. It is possible there's an Android equivalent I'm simply not aware of, too.
But I am looking forward to seeing what can be done with iPad clones in a year or two, once they start coming out. -- Blazecock
You've made this point before and will no doubt make it again, while neatly ignoring the simple fact that Apple set the standard, for now anyway. It really doesn't matter if there were 50 or 100 tablets before then, none of them caught the public's eye like the iPad.
rather why aren't any of the 50 devices available at Best Buy.
So... it's like DVD players, I suppose. The reasons for restriction are contractual and financial rather than technical.
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