Well, well, well, what do we have here? It seems Samsung has given the boys (and gals) at team douche free Samsung Galaxy S II’s. As to what this means for the literal best in Samsung development, ACSyndicate remains to be seen. However, it does have a much broader implications that we should perhaps take a look at. The two big dogs in Android smartphone design right now Samsung and HTC (sorry LG), have already decided to move toward the development community. It was developers who spear headed the protest that caused HTC to reverse it’s decision on locked bootloaders and when it comes time to stand up and speak on behalf of the Android community in the future, developers will be at the front of the proverbial picket line.
Manufacturers appear to be taking note. The buzz caused by the announcement of root access on a new handset can work wonders for people making that decision on which handset to buy. Android users expect freedom and if you look at the popularity of things like shabbymod, unrevoked, or z4 root you know that achieving root is a goal of any moderately savvy Android user (or potential Android user) has in mind when they select their rig. Samsung knows this. They know that the faster they get our mods the more people will buy their phones simple as that. This is a good day for the development community and you can expect HTC to follow suit and get handsets to development teams and journalist alike, giving them a head start with customization and reviews.
In closing you get no arguments from me. Free swag is a good thing for development teams (and journalist have to include my writers in that) that don’t see a lot of recognition and do not charge money for their innovations which they spend hundreds of hours bringing to people like me. The Android development community is now a major player both in making decisions and driving sales to the platform. So I want to say thank you to the developers here who work hard every day to make my life a little easier. You guys deserve a metric ton of free swag and device manufacturers should take note. Samsung were doing big things here. HTC just take a look at what we have done with the EVO. I’m proud to be part of this community and today I’m proud to be Syndicated.
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