When Google announced the Android operating system, the world was abuzz with the news. Finally, phones would be open-source. Users of those phones would not be screwed by giant heartless corporations. And the world would be a better place. Google, everyone knew, would never become the new Microsoft.
Now, as the shiny new phones are rolling off the assembly line, Google appears to be following Microsoft's footsteps. And when you see only one set of footprints in the sand, you know something is definitely wrong with the picture here.
Last year, eager consumers grabbed up the first Android-powered phones. Those phones featured Android 1.0, sometimes 1.5 or 1.6. Then, Google and Verizon launched the Droid, which featured Android 2.0 software. Finally, Google launched the Nexus One Device which has a stable version of Android 2.1.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, thousands of customers who rushed out to buy their phones so they could have the "Google experience" are now left to wander the Interwebs searching for information about exactly when their phones will receive the latest Android updates. (Quick, do a search for Android 2.0 update and you'll soon discover what I mean.)
Phone companies blame Google. Google isn't talking. But it seems that Google is walking the path of Microsoft. If people want to upgrade, they have to buy a new phone, preferably directly from Google. Hasn't Microsoft become embroiled in lawsuits and felt the whooshing air as customers run for the door to embrace other companies? And didn't they experience firsthand how quickly their stock price could tumble while their "on top of the world, too big to fail" egos were crushed?
Why hasn't Google learned from Microsoft's mistakes? Or, has Google finally reached the point where they have entered the ego bubble? Word is spreading, Google, and the word is not positive. Release the Android 2.1 to your first customers, or at the very least have the decency to issue a public statement indicating why you haven't yet, and when (if ever) customers can expect to receive it.
Otherwise, when you look back and see only one set of footprints, you'll know that Microsoft is comforting you through your troubled times. After all, they've walked this path before and learned those mistakes already.