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Google's Schmidt Solution to Android

Following on to my earlier post on How Google Failed to Fix the Mobile Market, Jamie Lendino writes in Hey, Google: Here’s What Fragmentation Means in PCMag:

Schmidt's solution—that "if you don't like it, you can buy the phone from someone else"—doesn't work when you're locked in a two-year contract, when there are over 300,000 apps in Android Market to test, and when a phone vendor goes back on its promise to provide an OS upgrade. How could you possibly know beforehand what's going to happen?

Um, actually, if you buy an Android phone from a US carrier, you will get crapware, bloatware, a horrible custom interface, unremovable carrier apps and no upgrades on an ancient version of Android. Now you know.