A diluted platform
I have been thinking about this a lot over the past few weeks and after reading about HTC delaying ICS updates, I had to express my thoughts. Android is a becoming a big fuster cluck. One of the main reasons I have always rooted my Android devices was so that I didn't have to wait on the OEM to update my phone. Usually the community could produce a quality ROM with the latest version months before the OEMs and carriers. However, I have a Sensation now and the CM team is delayed as well. So now Im running Virtuous Inquisition which is really good but is still Sense based and not true AOSP. This is the last time I purchase a non-Nexus device. I just sold my HD7 and I'm replacing it with an iPhone 4. I don't want to give up my Sensation, but the Android community and Google are making it harder to put up with the platform. I would be perfectly happy if Google only puts out 2-3 phones a year on THEIR hardware (Moto) and tells HTC, Samsung, Sony, LG, et al screw you and your fugly 3rd party UIs. I know that there are some who want the competition but the fact of the matter is that the competition is diluting the platform and frustrating a large number of enthusiastic supporters. Android is best served by Google and leaders like Matias Duarte and the community involvement like CM, Modaco (Paul), Virtuous, RootzWiki, XDA, and many others.
My hope is that Google continues to make the Nexus line of phones AND makes them desirable enough so that fewer people buy phones from the other OEMs. Eventually the OEMs will realize they cannot continue to release phones with shitty skins, that nobody wants and actually slow down the companies ability to update their software. And if they do not realize this, the market will leave them behind and they will just be another Palm.