If you're interested in Google Experience phones, it has never been more important than right now to vote with your wallet.

So many pixels have been spent this week on the Google Edition phones, the Moto X phone, and the future of the Nexus program. As I sit back and reflect on the last two weeks, I can't help but feel like this is Android nerd Christmas. If you had asked any of a dozen people who have focused on this industry in the last year what the likelihood was that we'd have three major phones being released within the next month running something very, very close to vanilla Android, you'd have been laughed at.

I'd know. I was. Twice. 

While Motorola is being guided by their new Google tinted glasses, HTC and Samsung are stepping into something new. Both companies put Nexus phones out in a time where the Nexus program was, lets face it, unsuccessful. The Nexus 4 has seen success that no previous incarnation of the program has seen, and the reality is that the hacker and modder community isn't quite the tiny niche it used to be.

It wasn't all that long ago that the CM team announced 5 million users. That's the same number of HTC One phones that were pumped out within two months of launch. It's half the number of phones Samsung pumped out one months after launch. In the grand scheme of things, the number of rooted and ROM'd Android users are likely less than 15 million. That's 15 million users where a significant portion have a demonstrated history of buying the next big thing as soon as it hits the market, and then encouraging all of their friends and family to do the same. These are influential consumers, and they have been foaming at the mouth for the very thing these companies have finally decided to offer for years. 

This isn't a long term plan for Samsung or HTC. This is testing a potential niche market. Users have been begging for this exact thing since Android 1.6, and the signal to noise ratio is finally high enough to listen to. I'd wager if this is unsuccessful for either company, we won't see it again. There are people working for these companies that sit on both sides of this conversation. Those that believe there are enough users to make a profit, and those who think the Android modder and hacker scene is a group of kids living in their parent's basement that aren't going to buy into this. 

It couldn't be more simple. If this is something you want to see happen more than once, you need to vote with your wallet. Cheering on the company on the Internet, commenting on blogs about how awesome this is, or slamming other companies who aren't following suit won't cut it. As the user, you have to make it clear what it is you want from these companies. If you want more Google Experience phones, you need to give them a reason to make more of them. 
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