Originally Posted by AustinChief
Dude, you are WAY off on the hardware side of this. It is FAR FAR FAR more open than you think it is.
Here is a big example. Do you know what the majority of these new white box manufacturers used to make? Netbooks. They have retooled factories and the result is more competition in the assembly space. You also have more and more (and more) companies entering the display space. Check out the Taiwanese players that are ramping up... mostly because of white box sales... ChiMei Innolux is a good example. Same for processors actually, you have ZTE, HUAWEI and Lenovo making tablet procs. Hell there is even a HUGE growth right now in MIPS procs for tablets.
I'm telling you, there is a whole other world of tablets out there that is JUST AS LARGE as the stuff we hear about here and it is far more WIDE OPEN.
That's fair enough to say, but where does it exist? ZTE? No one other than you and me even knows they're making an intel phone. HUAWEI, everyone is scared as **** to touch them.
It's ecosystem, not hardware. That's what Android is all about.