Over the years, a lot of words have been written about howSamsung is the real face of the operating system. I'm not sure if it's a face or not. The person is wearing a hat.

This is a U.S. article that has nothing to do with Europe, or Asia, or anywhere else. We're going to talk about how companies were able to turn a profit by making phones that were compatible with the Linux operating system.

There is a short history lesson for those who need it. In October 2008, the first commercially availably Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was launched in the U.S. The models that followed followed the same pattern as the first one. Nobody could have predicted what would happen after the launch of a new phone.

It wasn't hard to predict.


T-Mobile G1

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Without talking about the iPhone, the history lesson is incomplete. It couldn't be had byVerizon. The first phone to accumulate a following was the iPhone. People went to the AT&T store and paid too much for an Apple product.

Verizon wanted a cool phone and was jealous of all those dollars, so it was willing to give up its own device. It is said that the rest is history.

This history makes it possible for phone manufacturers to fulfill our desires and needs, not just in the U.S., but all over the world.

Money is the 'root' of all things

Samsung logo

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The Moto Droid and its loud noises were in high demand. There are a lot of big numbers. It was a lot of money for both companies. Is an exclusive phone locked to a single carrier that made the experience good for the community? It was in the short-term.

That's the reason why Android is different when compared to other operating systems. Any person or company can do anything to it, even if it's free. It's more of a recipe consisting of millions of lines of code that has to be built by the person or company that wants to use it.

Phone makers and carriers can do almost anything to Android. And they have. And it was profitable.

If a company wants to include all of Google's services, there are rules about what they can and can't do. It's true that the only thing that exists is to make money using your data. If we get to that point, the same will be true of all the other operating systems.

There's room for companies to make money from more than just hardware sales. If you bought a carrier-locked device a few years ago, you would see a lot of bullshit apps. Money is the glue that holds all things together.

A group of very savvy business people run the company. There were different models made for different markets, and carriers loved them because they allowed garbage software from those carriers. It's history. This is the second time.

It was an eye-opener for companies that could use relationships with component makers to build good products, sell them cheaper than expected, and still have adequate profit margins. This is a place where OPPO comes to mind. For a long time, Oppo has been a consumer electronics manufacturer, and it knows how to make cheap phones. It's not the only company that can do it, which is why Asia gets so many inexpensive phones.

The runaway success of the Motoblur showed how much consumers wanted a great phone in their hands. It kicked the pants of the manufacturers to get them to move.

Would there be more than 3 billion devices in the world if the Moto Droid hadn't been a hit? We don't have to guess because it was real. The ugly phone with a silly slide-out keyboard made money for every company that touched it.

It's history. This is it.