If this situation is going to be fixed, two things need to happen. First, users need to demonstrate — loudly and with their wallets — that these practices are not acceptable.

Second, Google must take a stand for the end user and insist that parts of Android must be included on every device in order to bear the Google name — and that all carrier installed apps and services are easily and freely able to be removed by users at their discretion.


Michael Gartenberg joins the ranks of the incensed at the carriers’ abuse of Android, singling out the Samsung Galaxy series as the most egregious example of bloatware and lockdowns mucking a perfectly good phone.

One thing that differentiates this post from others is that Gartenberg is proposing actions to end the chaos.

First, the standard “vote with your wallet” which, given the fractured Android landscape, doesn’t help much. How to avoid the bloat? Does Gartenberg want us to buy an iPhone? A discontinued Nexus One?

Second, and less likely, is that Google should take a stand for its platform and insist that the carriers stop degrading Android. But until such degradation ceases to make Google some extra cash, that’s unlikely to happen.

Both solutions are milquetoast at best, but they’re a start.