Chris Ziegler, interviewing Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha for The Verge:
We also talked about OEMs’ perennial press to skin the operating
system — a trend that looks poised to continue in Android 4.0 —
which developed into a full-blown conversation about the conflict
between the mythical “stock Android device” and the realities of
business between manufacturers like Motorola and carriers.
“Verizon and AT&T don’t want seven stock ICS devices on their
shelves,” he said, insisting that he “has to make money” and that
there simply isn’t a way to profit on a device that isn’t
differentiated. “The vast majority of the changes we make to the
OS are to meet the requirements that carriers have.”
Negotiations with the carriers:
Android handset makers: Here are our phones. How would you like us to change them so that you will sell them?
Microsoft: Here’s $200 million. Please sell our phones.
Apple: Here is our new phone. It comes in black or white. We will let you sell it.
★ Wednesday, 11 January 2012