« on: January 29, 2009, 05:50:34 pm »
Okay, so here's the real deal. Android was from day 1 supposed to have a WOW factor beyond anything we've seen. Unfortunately, Google being ridiculously over-analytical as with all things Google, took way too long in getting a release-quality device ready for market, and as a result everyone from the dev's to the end user to the carriers and OHA members were losing interest. This is a known fact. In the interest of not having the whole project fall to pieces, Google, HTC, and T-Mobile agreed to release an almost 4 year old reference design hoping that it would be enough to satisfy the masses and reverse the mass exodus of interest. Of course, this worked to Googles advantage in that they now had thousands of beta testers without having to foot the bill. All the while the plan has been to release a device that would surpass all others in terms of design, call quality, internet experience, and expandability (more on that later - but think cloud computing along the lines of the pre).
While it has all been said before, in bits and pieces and scattered across a multitude of threads, I haven't seen one solid explanation of this in an organized manner.
Please do not expect to see a paid marketplace until the G2 is at least announced. But, there is a twist. As long as developers continue to launch new free software, the paid marketplace will be delayed. As long as people continue to download those apps, it will also be delayed. It appears that Google is getting to be Froogle, and not spending more money or allocating more resources than what they have to. In the real world, there is only black and white - no gray areas/ As long as the project is NOT considered to be a fledgling, dwindling failure, there will be no hurry to take anything to the next level.