For those of us who want a pure experience, the way Google intended, we now have an(other) option.
Like most people, I hate those skins that manufacturers put on top of Android to try to differentiate their product. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer phones are coming out without some sort of manufacturer overlay to dilute that experience.
For those customers who bought the G1 at launch in October 2008, the G2 will make for a natural upgrade.
Off topic:, it is hard to believe Android isn’t yet two years old.
The bigger question is: Why does Google GOOG allow manufacturers to muck up Android with their overlays without bringing much improvement with them? Danny Sullivan talked to Google CEO Eric Schmidt about just that very topic.
Schmidt’s answer: Google’s interpretation of Open Source requires them to let carriers/manufacturers do whatever they want with the Android OS as long as it doesn’t alter the experience to a certain level. With Bing all over the Verizon Fascinate and alternative Android Markets planned, you have to wonder where that line is drawn.
At the same time Schmidt mentioned that Android was selling like crazy and that the market would force the carriers to give people what they want — if a pure Android experience was in fact, what customers were after.