When I first heard about Android in 2007, I was sceptical. Yes, handset OEMs might create phones and mobile developers mights create applications but what would be in it for the network operators? Why should they promote Android phones, especially where the phone’s applications would most likely be tied to Google’s services rather than their own?
Given recent events, I starting to think differently. The success of the iPhone Application Store together with Google’s announcement that the 30% commission taken on the Android Market will go to the network operator, should be ample incentive to get network operators interested.
This shows how quickly things can change. Unintended coincidences can make things happen. Google relies on this in that it is engineering rather than sales or marketing driven. Just creating cool things can create unforeseen opportunities.