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What do you think will happen

Android Ace

Jun 25, 2011, 5:43 PM
when carriers/manufacturers begin developing apps that can only run on their Android phones?

This situation may have been discussed here previously, been given the state of Android and its increasing fragmentation, I would like to hear some thoughts on this issue. The reason I've been thinking about this stems from my own company (Sprint's) decision to install Sprint ID on a few of their smartphones. It seems like the next logical step is for some companies to create apps that only work on a select number of their devices. Is this the future of our beloved platform?

Jun 25, 2011, 7:38 PM
is lame.
Lord Azrael

Jun 25, 2011, 7:44 PM
You have to understand that, as long as there is rooting, it wouldn't matter anyways.

Also, Google's "basic" android phones, the Nexus series, seems to be a big hit.

Jun 26, 2011, 11:05 AM
all the time. Look at T-Mobile, they have their WiFi calling app which only works on their devices and with their service. They have several other apps as well, that have similar restrictions.

This holds true for every carrier, they all have some apps that only work if you have that phone with their service.

And it even goes one step further with some, AT&T locked side loading of apps (only market apps allowed) on all their Android devices until recently.

I don't think it is a big deal, at all. Carriers will always want something special to give them an edge or better serve their customer base. So long as these apps never become more broad, like a game that can only be played with a T-Mobile phone sort of thing, there is no reas...

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