Re: Android is the new Windows
In fact I'd say the problem here is that (in one important respect) it *isn't* like Windows. With Windows, Dell can shove in their own buggy drivers and shovel a load of junk adware on top - but it's still Windows, it still gets the updates from Microsoft, and you can buy/download newer versions directly from MS without getting Dell's permission first.
I do like the flexibility of open source - I'll probably be running CyanogenMod myself soon - but if Google had limited the manufacturer and carrier roles to "you provide Linux kernel drivers and any apps you want" and "you can provide network-specific apps" respectively, keeping control of the core OS and updates for themselves, I think the whole Android platform would be better for everyone. (Including the manufacturers, I suspect, since they'd have less work to do!)