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The value carriers bring to Android

Commenting on Andy Rubin’s comment that “the carriers have a lot of value to bring” to Android, John Gruber asks:

“What software on Android phones have the carriers added that’s any good at all?”

I can think of one example: Verizon dropping Google search for Bing. But I suspect that this wasn’t the kind of value that Rubin was looking for.

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  • http://twitter.com/ManxStef Stefan Pause

    The closest analogy to the ‘value’ carriers bring that I can think of is those godawful stickers you get on laptops. The manufacturer gets a kickback from each component maker, the customer gets a marginally cheaper machine in exchange for having their laptop absolutely plastered with stickers that they’ll likely never remove, that make their laptop look like shit.

  • RichardL

    - Swype

    It’s bundled by carriers or OEMs rather than sold through the Market. This arrangement may allow Swype to actually make money. I think that is what Rubin is talking about.

    (I’d have posted to gruber, but he’s not interested in feedback. Just his echo.)