Dieter Bohn for The Verge, on how the carriers control Android:
So the current state of openness on Android, at least for the two big-name manufacturers, is a mixed bag. The largest carriers continue to keep their devices locked down as much as possible, while the smaller carriers are slightly more willing to let tinkerers and hackers dig in.
Also, Google’s first-party apps on Android -- Gmail, Maps, et al -- are locked down as well.
It’s obvious that the definition of “open” is open to interpretation. Let us bear this in mind when someone argues Android is all rainbows and pixies compared to Apple’s iron-fisted, despotic “walled garden” that is iOS.