Android customization has always been a contentious issue. Some users want nothing more than the pure, unadulterated AOSP experience from their phones. Others might take a fancy to an OEM’s custom UI, and we’ve definitely seen some impressive stuff from the likes of HTC and Samsung. The one thing that hopefully we all can agree on is that carrier-imposed bloat is just tacky and awful. You might think that the only people who believe such things are a good idea are the carriers themselves, but one of the early minds behind Android has just offered his own two cents on the issue, and he thinks that carriers should be building even MORE bloat into our phones.
Rich Miner co-founded Android, Inc., later acquired by Google, where Miner now works in its venture capital division. While speaking at the Open Mobile Summit, he discussed his feelings that carriers aren’t going far enough to customize their Android devices. Even with all the bloat we already have on our phones, Miner describes carriers’ lack of implementing even more intrusive customization as “a big opportunity that they seem to have left on the table”.
Miner was clearly speaking with his audience in mind, but as individual Android users, we want our carriers having as little to do with our phones as possible. Just keep the towers running, and we’re happy.