Apple was able to beat Google and the Nexus by two years with fingerprint recognition - Yes, because they bought the only company who managed to make a good one. That set everyone back, this is more bad luck than anything.
A top Google executive I asked about this said the company feels its close coordination with Nexus hardware makers accomplishes the same goal. For instance, he pointed out, both new Nexus phones use the same camera and fingerprint sensors, even though the phones are made by different companies. But I don’t think that sort of component specification is the same thing as reaping the gains of simultaneous software and hardware development. - The whole point of Android is to be an open source OS to both promote Google's services and reach mass adoption by allowing multiple manufacturers to get on the program. Manufacturers weren't happy about the Motorola alliance, can't see them being any happier about Google building their own dedicated hardware. It's a nice idea, but much like the Surface does nothing spectacular by being Microsoft's own hardware, I doubt Google's hardware would enable them to do much more when ultimately they still need to support the ecosystem they've created for manufacturers.
An inexpensive, Google-built and Google-branded phone could be the company’s best weapon in this battle. - Some would argue this is what lead Android down the wrong path with Nexus pricing to begin with as it forced the manufacturers supporting the platform to cut their margins.
But with that all said and done, if the right manufacturer who built all the right pieces, had all the experience in hardware and had a failing mobile business...... say Sony, were to decide they weren't going to be in the business of building phones any more but were willing for Google to take over the design process and build their Google phone, I'd be inclined to think that would be the ideal outcome. A man can dream.
- University of WollongongComputer Science, 2001 - 2005
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