Very important article from Bloomberg Businessweek about what Google is doing behind the scenes to improve Android in the heated competition against Apple, Microsoft and others. Ignore some of the noise and static about whether Google is being sufficiently "open" and focus on whether the moves make Android better or worse.
Playtime is over in Android Land. Over the last couple of months Google (GOOG) has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system with a message: There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software. No more partnerships formed outside of Google's purview. From now on, companies hoping to receive early access to Google's most up-to-date software will need approval of their plans. And they will seek that approval from Andy Rubin, the head of Google's Android group.
-Bloomberg Businessweek, March 30, 2001
Less fragmentation, less crapware, faster OS updates? Sounds like improvement for users.