I AM ANDROID – A platform used to painfully enslave you [by @jkhowland]

I recently started developing for the Dark-Platform. I have a suite of apps on the iOS App Store, and thought it might be effective to increase my revenue by porting those apps that were most successful on iOS over to the Platform-Which-Shall-Not-be-Named.

I hate it.

I love the users, and so I will continue development for their sake. However, the platform is controlled by carriers and manufacturers who don’t have a consumer’s best interest in mind.

I recently read a great post by MG Siegler in which he describes that You-Know-The-Platform was great as an ‘idea’, but that the result is slightly worse than a festering wart.

All of this backstory knowledge fuels my rage. When I see Google talk about how “open” the platform is, setting it up as the foil to the “closed” (and framed as “evil”) iPhone, I want to scream and rip someone’s head off. It’s not only the most extreme example of being disingenuous that I can ever recall seeing. It’s nuclear [crap].

Apple, for all the [crap] they get for being “closed” and “evil”, has actually done far more to wrestle control back from the carriers and put it into the hands of consumers. Google set off to help in this goal, then stabbed us all in the back and went the complete other way, to the side of the carriers. And because they smiled the entire time they were doing it and fed us “open” [crap], we thanked them for it. We’re still thanking them for it!

He outlines the history of The-Dark-Platform, and how it’s transformed from a great idea of open and free (like beer AND like speech) to something controlling and manipulative. Read it.

Despite the belief that You-Know-The-Platform is free, your carriers and manufacturers have a stranglehold on it. Google can release an update, but you’ll never see it. Carriers can add crap-ware to your device, and you can’t uninstall it. Manufacturers can skin the device with their bloated UI, and you can’t go back to stock. There are some very powerful apps on the marketplace, but you have to ‘root’ to get them.

It’s never ending propaganda. The Platform-Which-Shall-Not-be-Named may have been created to be open, but once it got in the hands of people with power, they found a way to use it to trap you in a way that even Apple haters couldn’t imagine.