Is Verizon Single-handedly Responsible For Androids Success?

In the midst of yesterdays Verizon LTE announcement, a little ego showed on behalf of Verizon as they proclaimed themselves responsible for the success of Android. “Android really took off when Verizon got involved” is the direct quote from Verizon CTO Tony Melone and comes off pretty matter of fact. T-Mobile was the first carrier to launch Android in the US with the G1 but can Verizon really take credit for Androids current success?

T-Mobile has 14 Android handsets to Verizon’s 11 and yet, nobody would dispute that Verizon has put significantly more marketing into the Android platform than the other carriers combined. T-Mobile has run advertising campaigns for the myTouch line but they pale in comparison the Droid campaign Verizon has going on.  All to often the masses, i.e. the public at large will equate Android with “Droid,” and that shows the reach of Verizon’s marketing strategy. People will ask to see your Droid phone, even if it’s an HTC Evo because that’s the name that’s become synonymous with the platform.

To be honest, I think if anything, the iPhone is more responsible for Androids success than Verizon and their marketing. Hear me out before you pounce on the iPhone. Apple raised the stakes of the smartphone game when the first iPhone dropped. Until that point, Palm, Windows Mobile and Blackberry ruled and ruled well. Apple changed the landscape of the smartphone platform when they introduced the iPhone and suddenly Palm and Blackberry looked stale and Windows Phone looked downright slow. Apple made the smartphone desirable to the masses, especially to those who had otherwise shied away from the monthly costs associated with a Blackberry or a Treo. AT&T has enjoyed the fruits of the iPhone success; there is absolutely no argument in that regard but their network and its inconsistencies have plagued it since the very beginning. Verizon customers who longed for an iPhone like device on the Verizon network flocked to Android and for good reason, Android is as good as a platform as iOS. Android shares the same the level of smartphone “smarts” as does the iPhone. Verizon grabbed the Palm Pre and Pixi after Sprints exclusivity expired and yet, sales were slow. Android however offered a much more rounded experience that matched and in some levels exceeded what the iPhone offered.

Case in point would be that sales of Android handsets pale in comparison to the iPhone on AT&T and while its easy to argue AT&T lacks a compelling Android offering, the Captivate comes pretty close. So while Verizon thinks they can take credit for Android, the real responsibility rests with Apple for better or worse as they helped create a whole new level of the smartphone market and Verizon simply rode that wave and continues to do so.

So I pose to you, the T-Mobile customer and the TmoNews reader the question of whether or not you believe Verizon and/or the iPhone is truly responsible for the success of Android as it stands now? I’m not questioning the success of the Droid platform on Verizon, but whether or not Verizon is actually responsible, singlehandedly as they proclaimed to be for Android being the giant it is today. What say you?

I understand the possibility for a comment section that looks like a second grade classroom is likely to result from this question, but it’s an interesting question, at least to me. Please keep it clean!

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  • The Observer

    verizon or the other carriers wouldnt even touch an android phone until tmobile brought out the g1. so without tmobile bringin out android, verizon would never see that green robot

  • Joe

    I think Verizon took its opportunities it was given or taken from manufacturers and committed whole-heartedly. While T-mobile got the CLIQ, Motorola gave Verizon the Droid. While T-Mobile got the myTouch 3G 3.5mm, HTC gave Verizon the Incredible. Motorola gave Verizon the Droid X and Droid 2 and T-mobile didn’t get anything; I wouldn’t say T-mobile got the CLIQ|XT because that came out way before those releases. Either T-mobile isn’t appealing to manufacturers, or they are and the manufacturers don’t see T-mobile as viable. I won’t go into T-mobile’s customizing HTC’s custom UI of Android.

    • Rob

      Your phone comparison isn’t perfect, but your point is valid. Once verizon came out with the moto droid t mobile did not have a phone that could compete with verizon’s ensuing lineup. Until finally the G2 came out. Which is still better than all of verizons phones. I havent seen speed test from the Droid 2 Global but it was killing the original Droid 2 in everything category.

      and the MT4G beats on the G2 so right now tmobile is sitting pretty with phones. IMO the MT4G is the best phone on the market I still cant get over how fast it is. I just wish it was vanilla android. Still can’t decide if I want the G2 or to wait for the Nexus S. It’s a good time to have tmobile for smart phones.

      • David Reyna

        I agree completely. The MT4G is by far the best phone on the market in terms of features and hardware to back it up. And the fact that it’s not vanilla is horse manure. But it being android there are apps to download that bring most of the vanilla experience back into the picture.

        I actually don’t agree with the article, neither Apple nor Vzw are mostly responsible for the success of android. I think the biggest reason for its success is the fact you can log in and most of your life auto syncs to your phone.

        I enjoy geeking out with my Android phone. If I mess something up I don’t have to do any crazy backups to get everything back how it was in the event of a format. The only thing I do have to back up is my home screen layout. Everything else is automatic, including the apps I have. To me that is what makes Android a superior OS.

    • kenbot

      The only good phone T-Mobile has at the moment is the G2. Samsung Vibrant doesn’t count since all of the major carriers have their own version of the Galaxy S. Here’s hoping that in the next year they get some great Android handsets that can rival Sprint’s or at least Verizon’s.

    • Tcontento

      I understand your point, which is valid. But truly, if you were the owner of the droid (motorola) and you had to sell it to a company to make big bucks, who would you go after T-Mobile or Verizon??? I hate Verizon, but knowing I would make 3x the money going with them, I would do so…..

  • Anonymous

    I must agree to an extent. Verizon’s marketing efforts did kick off android, BUT! t-mobile offered it first and then continued to progress with Nexus One which set the standards for newer Androids. The current success of Android is partially a result of Droid does commercials, but as well as other Manufacturers adopting Android. Without Companies like LG Motorola HTC Samsung and so on taking interest in Android would have gotten old and failed. Even more so Samsung’s new model of being on every carrier has helped tremendously and now that is essentially expanding android. Even more so than that Androids success today is due to variety and customizability, if android was like iPhone in regards to being on 1 carrier only I don’t think it would get anywhere, especially if the one carrier was t-mo because t-mo’s marketing efforts aren’t as good as verizons. T-MObile is about affordability, while Verizon is associated with high end and quality.

    • Anonymous

      can’t agree with a lot of things you said there…

      • Anonymous

        Why not? Its all true.

      • Anonymous

        Why not? Its all true.

  • Ben from Baltimore

    I agree. I have 4 friends that bought Droids after thinking about the IPhone and realizing that AT&T service is crappy outside of urban areas. Verizon has good phones and a reliable network, which make for a successful combination. Speed does not mean reliability, I found that out after having issues with Comcast broadband in Baltimore City, which is a million times worse than Comcast where my half brother lives in Harford County, MD, so I switched back to Cavalier Telephone’s unlimited local and long distance telephone and DSL package and switched my TVs the $50 a month Dish Network package, because there is no Verizon Fios in Baltimore City. I was also one of the first ones in my neighborhood to get a Verizon IPad.

  • Rome Sc

    I am a loyal Tmo customer for 6 years. I currently use a Nexus One on Tmo. But I likely never would have seen an android phone if it weren’t for Verizon’s aggressive droid marketing. “All to often the masses, i.e. the public at large, will equate Android with “Droid,” and that shows the reach of Verizon’s marketing strategy”. Perfectly stated. Thankfully I’m not an average tech user and I do tons of research and didn’t go anywhere near Verizon.

    However, to say that anyone is “single-handedly” responsible for the success of anything is clearly an overstatement. T-Mobile had the first android device, and that’s a bid deal. Sprint currently has what many smartphone users consider to be the top Android Device in the EVO 4G (which has its own enormous marketing campaign).

    The Moto Droid made Android famous and desirable to people who don’t rock pocket-protectors. Unfortunately their ad campaign was so successful that people don’t actually know what “android platform” is. I have known people that were turned away from Non-Verizon carriers when asking “Do you have droids here?”. They weren’t looking for a specific phone, they were thinking that all android phones are called droids.

    If anything Verizon’s greediness/genius convinced the masses that Android is Verizon exclusive through their droid campaign, which is great for Big Red and bad for android overall.

    I don’t like giving Apple credit for anything (despite being a current iPod owner and former iPhone owner) but they changed the game.

    The story of Android: Apple set the bar, T-Mobile innovated, Verizon made famous.

    • Rob

      “if anything Verizon’s greediness/genius convinced the masses that Android is Verizon exclusive through their droid campaign, which is great for Big Red and bad for android overall.”

      So damn true. The average consumer calls it a droid. When i talk phones to people they don’t respond to android (I get a hell of a funny look) i have to explain it through the droid.

      • Tcontento

        So true Rob, even commercials on the radio say, “you can use this app on the iphone, blackberry, or droid.” (like those of other android phones won’t be able to use it….). I kind of laugh at it because it just shows the dumbness of the advertiser. So, as with all things, when you speak to the masses you better really know what your saying….. kind of like the War of the World being broadcast over the radio long ago….. dumb people really thought it was real! Way to go Verizon!

  • steve s

    i bought the g1 as soon as it was on presale, because of the iphone…so i think the iphone to some extent…but android wouldve caught on anyway…verizons droid marketing is incredible…turning smartphone’s into beasts….they are part reason as well

  • J

    I somewhat believe so. Verizon over advertised for their “Droid” Series, which all ran on Android. So when most people saw an Android device after this, they probably automatically assumed “Oh look, another Droid!”. So they may have popularized Android even more, but not necessarily in a good way.

  • J

    I somewhat believe so. Verizon over advertised for their “Droid” Series, which all ran on Android. So when most people saw an Android device after this, they probably automatically assumed “Oh look, another Droid!”. So they may have popularized Android even more, but not necessarily in a good way.

  • G1 2 G2

    I for i never liked anything with [ I ] in it
    I’m pc gamer so imac i out.
    i get MY music any where i want so ipod is out.
    And i just couldn’t wait for the G1 to come out. No way was i getting a iphone.

    I will say verizon did a good job getting the name “Droid” out there but i tell people it short for ANDROID !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

    Pedant mode again. Please learn the difference between to and too. Thanks ever so! To means going in a direction. Too means also.

    • Jgomezsti

      Who fucken cares joseph!

  • 4G OR NOT TO 4G

    T-Mobile can take a lot of credit for taking the first chance with Android, but from then on all T-Mo/Sprint/At&T would release toy Android phones. It wasn’t until Verizon came out with a solid spec device that truly elevated the status of Android phones making the world take notice, at which time other carriers started pushing high end phones…Look how long we complained to T-Mobile to start delivering high end phones…it was very upsetting for a while. So yes, Verizon with their large customer base and quality phones, had a lot to do with elevating Android to the stratosphere

    • Albertov12

      so true so true, I work for tmo, and I came over from sprint. and the line up for tmo was so bad at the time…lol thank verizon, but t-mo is better.

    • thaghost

      +10

      yea, what he said

  • phonegeek

    Only speaking form myself, I only purchased my mytouch 1st gen due to the g1 and Iphone. Must admit though the “droid” campaign made its mark, it didnt make a mark with me

  • Fiorellm

    I would contend we would have to give google credit for androids success. Google didn’t restrict the android market place to one carrier as apple’s iphone. They opened the platform to T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon which created competition between the phone manufactures to create better divices for the android platform. Samsung, Motorola, HTC all make devices that are competing using android software. Verizon had a great advertising campaign for there product as they always do but they are not responsible for the success of android, Google is the real Winner. This is the rise of android and the death of the iphone. Iphone=motorola v3 razor.

  • Bobert

    Does david sit around all day copying other articles?

  • Jeremy

    I give credit to Apple, Google, and Verizon. Apple for pushing the envelope. Google for giving us an alternative. Verizon for spreading the word.

  • Leaponover

    I agree that no one is single handedly responsible for Android. As a techie, I knew about Android’s beginnings before there was a phone on the market. I was an early adopter of the G1. None of the people I associate with refer to Android as the “droid” phone and associate it with Verizon. I have actually never heard anybody say that before. I think the Nexus One had a big impact on Android’s publicity because of the fact that it was the first phone that was coming out on multiple carriers. It was supposed to come out on Verizon and At&t but never hit Verizon. That put Android on the map, and you can say that maybe it’s because it was going to be released on Verizon but it never was, so i think that’s a shallow argument. In the end, no one beats Tmobile’s customer service, their cost, and as of now the speed of the network in areas that have it. Sure, there are areas that are still lacking in coverage but if you take the overall experience of the network there is enough pros in tmobile to ignore those of you who decided to live in the “sticks” (haha!)

  • Johnstevedoe

    Really? Sales of Android handsets pale in comparison to the iPhone?

    http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/android-soars-but-iphone-still-most-desired-as-smartphones-grab-25-of-u-s-mobile-market/

    http://gizmodo.com/5535502/android-surpasses-iphones-sales-for-q12010 (This second one is a report for Q1 2010, and Android has been growing at an insane rate since then).

    May wanna fact-check before you post an article.

    • Dedren

      I believe he meant Android sales on AT&T. I am sure everyone knows that Android is outselling iPhones on the whole.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Dedren is right, I was specifically talking about Android sales on AT&T and I thought that was pretty clear in the article?!

  • Mykeld

    Just a random thought, what would have happened if George Lucas said, “No, you can’t use the word Droid.”.

  • Mr. V

    “Point in case?” Perhaps David intended use “Case in Point.” As for Verizon’s “singlehanded” responsibility for the success of Android, that is impossible. It is a combination of factors: 1) google had to make an OS that actually worked. 2) Apple contributed by opening up a new market, as David pointed out. 3) AT&T contributed by making the speeds on iPhone so painful that watching YouTube on a Droid on Verizon looked amazing. And 4) Verizon auto-turned “DROID” into everyone’s minds creating the necessary association between Google Android and Awesome Smartphone. T-Mobile, the pioneer with the G1, sat on its hands the way GM did with it’s first electric cars while Toyota took off and ran away with the Prius success. It is unfortunate that TMO USA wasn’t able to parlay its success with the introduction of the first Google-phone (as they are often called here in Europe, since there is no Verizon Droid line) into permanent brand awareness, but hopefully they can convince people that with exclusive features like UMA, they are better than the rest. Verizon and Sprint’s Mini-HotSpots are really catching one, and Tmo should put out a device that showcases HSPA+ sharing the net with three teenagers on laptops in the backseat. That might put them back on track.

    • Mr. V

      fingers too cold in Amsterdam to type, I meant “auto-TUNED” and “catching ON”, sorry for correction.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Absolutely positively dropped the ball on that phrase, I’ve corrected!

    • Mark

      If you’re giving credit to Google, you really need to extend credit as well to Linus Torvalds and the hundreds of open-source developers who have worked on the Linux kernel over the years. Yes, Google created the userspace, but most of the core operating system they got for free.

      Verizon’s size and marketing helped bigtime in two areas: they took the initiative to license the Droid trademark from Lucas Arts, and their marketing took on Apple’s closed-loop biosphere heads on (i.e., “iCan’t; Droid Does!”) while Magenta was showing us how pretty their phones were when you made the case match the wallpaper.

    • Mark

      If you’re giving credit to Google, you really need to extend credit as well to Linus Torvalds and the hundreds of open-source developers who have worked on the Linux kernel over the years. Yes, Google created the userspace, but most of the core operating system they got for free.

      Verizon’s size and marketing helped bigtime in two areas: they took the initiative to license the Droid trademark from Lucas Arts, and their marketing took on Apple’s closed-loop biosphere heads on (i.e., “iCan’t; Droid Does!”) while Magenta was showing us how pretty their phones were when you made the case match the wallpaper.

  • ihatefanboys

    Verizon is “self-sucking” as it were, “Blowing its own horn”, whichever phrase u prefer. Next, theyll say they helped develop android 2.3 when it comes out. They had awesome commercials, but unlike u phone geeks, most people (myself included) dont jump from carrier to carrier for every new phone that comes out. Android impressed me with the G1, despite what u guys call its shortcomings, plus the ad campaign for the G1 was quite good, “droid does” good ? no, but good ? yes. After over 2 years of being around we’ve been spoiled with android’s awesomeness, but when the G1 came out , android like any new company wasnt guaranteed to be successful. u say tmo droppd the ball ? i say they knew they had something special, but on the same hand they were cautious..they created the foundation, verizon built upon that foundation. tmo built upon that building, and so on and so forth….they each build here and there, but ultimately the success of android has to goto android itself, without the operating system itself, no carrier would be able to claim anything.

  • sprinTmobile

    i agree with the OP.apple needed competition and they got it,which is Android but not “droid”.”droid” is used by owners of motorola or verizon.

  • Ms_Matrix

    I think Tmo could have claim credit for putting android on the map since they had the G1 first but what messed them up was the fact that the marketing team really didn’t do enough to push it. People had it but at the time it was limited. To me people (including me) took notice when Verizon came out with the Droid phone. They built up a hype around that phone and made everyone take notice.

    Im on tmobile, but I didn’t get an android phone until later. Since my cousin is on Verizon I remembered telling him to check it out, he did and he’s still in love with it.

    Right now it just comes down to the best deal and price in plan to which you decide what phone you get. Yes Verizon has more higher ended phones but Tmo has affordable plans even if the phone design may not be the greatest. I guess you just get the one that’s best for you.

  • Sleeping Beastly

    iPhone made Android necessary.
    T-Mobile made Android possible.
    Verizon made Android popular.

    • jesus houston mx

      nice one !

    • jesus houston mx

      i agree!

    • Maddhaitian

      Exactly!
      I have t-mobile but i totaly agree.Those Droid commercials pushed Adndroid beyond anything t-mobile could ever do!! Look at tmobile now. They havea pretty cool phone (mytouch 4g) and little to no hoopla or hype! its sad!

    • Crey23

      Agree 100%!!!

      Sorry guys, but T-Mo did nothing for Android device nor market. The reason that Android platforms has grown so much over the part year has been the VRZ adds.

      Lets note that TMO is the smallest of the companies, and it was not until the MT4G that they did any advertising….hell the G2 barely got any ads, if any. It was not until the new CEO came on board that T-Mo has come out kicking creating an image and a presence in market. Most of us are with T-Mo bcs of their great plans, not bcs of their devices….hell it took them years to brim BB into the list of products. Up till a year ago the best phone they had to offer was a blackberry that had been out on other carriers for months.

      T-Mobile might have launched the first Android device, but Verizon Launched Android Platform to the masses.

  • http://twitter.com/RonTheGentleman TheeGentleman

    Tmobile gave android its start, but their marketing plans and advertising sucked. i had the g1 when it 1st came out, was with tmo for years (now with sprint/epic4g) and i knew from then the potential android had. Verizons droid series is what got android so popular. If tmobile would have had an “edgy” name for their flagship phones they could have been the ones responsible for android success. “mytouch” series just does cut it. hell the “G” series could have worked, after the g1 they should have milked the G for their flagship phones. we should have been on like the G5 right now, that sounds a lot cooler than mytouch.

  • http://twitter.com/RonTheGentleman TheeGentleman

    Tmobile gave android its start, but their marketing plans and advertising sucked. i had the g1 when it 1st came out, was with tmo for years (now with sprint/epic4g) and i knew from then the potential android had. Verizons droid series is what got android so popular. If tmobile would have had an “edgy” name for their flagship phones they could have been the ones responsible for android success. “mytouch” series just does cut it. hell the “G” series could have worked, after the g1 they should have milked the G for their flagship phones. we should have been on like the G5 right now, that sounds a lot cooler than mytouch.

  • 2Noob4U

    Yeah wow. Never mind the G1 that got everything started. I find it really funny how the iPhone was pretty much the catalyst for the whole thing. Verizon holds the market share and believes they call the shots.

    It’s called competitive market and everyone is trying to lay claim. Worse than 19th century gold prospectors….

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthewdavidnystrom Matthew Nystrom

    T-Mobile hands down started it. Verizon had originally turned down Google’s offer because the platform was not developed. Only after T-Mobile’s G1 and the myTouch showed there was success in the platform did Verizon want a piece of the cake. Verizon is just as bad as AT&T when they cry of who is better… The fact remains that T-Mobile and HTC seen potential in Android and made it a success with the original G1 device.

  • Drew

    The only thing Vzw is responsible for is gouging their customers (I reference a recent class action lawsuit against them in which they tried to appeal but still ended up paying $21M), crippling their phones and finally but reluctantly coming around to putting Wi-fi on their Blackberry’s because their “Company Line” was they didn’t need Wi-fi because their “network was so good”. F*** Verizon!!

  • anonymous rep

    id have to say the success of android made the success of verizon possible. verizon didnt make the phones htc and motorola did with the google operating system they just sold them and did a very good job of advertising them. dont claim the success of a great product just because you called it droid and made it sound cool

  • anonymous rep

    id have to say the success of android made the success of verizon possible. verizon didnt make the phones htc and motorola did with the google operating system they just sold them and did a very good job of advertising them. dont claim the success of a great product just because you called it droid and made it sound cool

  • Maarnold1775

    Verizon is right! TMO started it all, but Verizon took the ball and ran with it.

    • Anonymous

      There would be no ball to run with if T-Mobile didn’t have the balls to start. Verizon might have a few great devices but T-Mobile IMO has the best. Nexus One (any educated Android owner wants this device) MyTouch 4G, G2, Vibrant, and I can go on. Let me not forget the upcoming Nexus S, I just rested my case.
      Thank You T-Mobile, owners of the fastest and most affordable Network going.

  • oneandonly

    google is responsible, they bought the platform and made it what it is today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    VZW has much-hyped Droid family, but T-Mobile has full line of Android phones to cover all classes.Basic ($300 and below): moto charm, LG Optimus T, Huawei CometMiddle ($300-$450): moto Defy, MyTouch 3.5mm, MyTouch Slide, samsung BH II, samsung i7500*, G1High end ($450 and above): G2, samsung vibrant, nexus one*, nexus S*, MyTouch 4, moto XT720*, SE X10i*all prices are in MSRP or no-contract.* unlocked phones

    Wait…are we forgetting Sprint?
    Ignore ATT, their Android lineup sucks.

  • Anonymous

    Google and T-Mobile should get all the praise for the success of Android. The first Android device was started at T-Mobile when no other Network cared or wanted the Android platform. I own the Nexus One that is also involved with T-Mobile but more importantly the first device was a T-Mobile product and that alone says it all.
    Thank You T-Mobile.
    PS They have the best and fastest Network above all others. My Nexus One smokes it’s so freaken fast. Ouch, just burned me it is so fast.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Certainly not T-Mobile. The myTouch 3G Slide has been slated to get Android 2.2 “soon” since the slide’s release 6 months ago to fix the major deficiency of not routing calls over WiFi like a lot of T-Mobile’s non-Android phones do. So far, T-Mobile has not devoted sufficient resources to the task of updating all of it’s Android line dogged with 2.1 and earlier.

  • Timroell

    I say all the manufacturers should get credit and especially HTC for taking the risk for producing products that we all enjoy!!!

  • Timroell

    I say all the manufacturers should get credit and especially HTC for taking the risk for producing products that we all enjoy!!!

  • Blakkvi

    As a T-Mobile customer, I’d actually agree that VZW is responsible for the Android-rise as much as the Iphone is. T-Mo may have start the trend, but they failed and fell hard in being the trend setter. It’s like a bully a baseball cap from a nerd and making it look cooler than when the nerd wore it. T-Mo has been left in the dust when it comes to an android device that has not only style in its looks but also functionality like the other carriers have. It’s sad but true no matter how much I love em as a carrier.

  • DeathStarKiller

    Actually, Google is responsible for Android’s success. They created it. Yes, Verizon made a half-assed marketing campaign using boring Star Wars to appeal to the the millions of virgin nerds out there who use Android. big Deal. Verizon inhales man sausage daily. No one with options chooses Verizon over Tmobile. Only an idiot would choose to pay 3x as much for half the coverage,. Yes, verizon has good coverage in cities. But So does every other carrier. As far as who is responsible for the success of Android, look no further than Google, the creators. Simple as that. Verizon sucks donkeyballs daily.

  • DeathStarKiller

    p.s. “DROID” SUCKS. all versions suck. If its made by motorola, its JUNK. simple as that. mytouch4g could smoke a droid, guaranteed. Just pitted a mt4g against a Droid X AND a PRO, MT4G won in almost every category. So i really dont see why anyone thinks Droids are better than any other android phone. Having an idiotic robot name doesn’t make it perform any better.

  • Pokershark

    As much as I hate to admit it, I would agree. In order for the world to truely know whats going on you have to do mass advertising. The only reason Verizon acts that why is because they can. It is really a miss on T-Mobiles behalf because they could of been the ones leading the charge. It really stinks that tmobile started it and is a big player but we dont get the credit because we do not market the way we should. DeathStar very true but if no one knows it, you seem like a hater.

  • Roboito

    We all know that T-Mo took Android under its wing and gave it its start and helped nurture it to what it is today. Who knows where Android would be without T-Mo? Perhaps it would have never taken off and stumbled too much to really be successful. However, to the ‘masses’ – those who don’t really pay a heck of a lot of attention to phones in development but instead to what is marketed and released and out there to see and hold in-store, the Verizon marketing for the Droid line put the Android platform at the forefront of the masses mind. That’s how many people still think a ‘Droid’ phone could be a myTouch, or an EVO, etc. As much as I don’t like VZW and how expensive they are, their marketing took T-Mobile’s introduction of Android and made it as well known as it is today.

    True, Apple was the first one to bring about some eal change and innovation in the cell phone market. Android came up quickly and answered the call for competition, now able to match iOS step for step, even plus some. RIM and the others are playing some hardcore catch-up still because they were caught sleeping on the sidelines.

    Although I don’t think that Verizon can claim that they singlehandedly got Android off the ground and to where it is today, their marketing for their Droid line – making it as well known as it is today, as well as even their ads for Google’s App Market (to be used on their Droids) has significantly given the Andorid platform momentum.

    Now if only T-Mo could come up with some awesome mass market serious TV advertising to show how much they have been and are in the Android game… It’s time to unleash some T-Mo exclusive superphone that will solidly dominate the radio and TV airwaves and phone market for the next 9 months.

  • Asfsad

    android is beating iphone and blackberry hands down WORLDWIDE (for example, more than 50% of new phones in china, the fastest and largest growing market for cells in android) and you think VERIZON is responsible? bwahahahahaha……