Verizon makes a huge implication that they are responsible for Android’s success. Companies do make some pretty bold claims at times but for Verizon to claim the success of Android is just ludicrous.
Verizon has strongly pushed the “Droid” brand, convoluted the naming system of all Android devices, and they have definitely added to Android’s success. But selling the most Android phones doesn’t mean they’re responsible for its success. The operating system itself has to appeal to customers, and while Verizon’s “Droid does” ad campaign did a decent job of boasting it’s benefits and touting iPhone-like apps, Google is responsible for their own work, creating a versatile, functional, easy-to-use, mobile platform.
If Android was terrible software or wasn’t so heavily supported by developers, it wouldn’t be so popular. In a way, Apple’s iPhone would be more responsible for Android’s success, for setting the standard for application support and raising the bar for mobile platforms. Verizon could, however, say they are responsible for giving Android a nudge, or kick-starting a “Droid” revolution. I could agree with that, but when it comes down to it, they were just the early bird.
To be honest, Android actually saved Verizon from the massive bleeding due to Iphones. Buyers have wanted the iPhone on Verizon’s reliable network since it launched exclusively on AT&T in 2007. Android is a real, suitable substitution, and in some cases it performs better than the iPhone.
Google’s mobile operating system grew its own hype prior to the launch of the original Android phone, the G1. A product that can do that surely doesn’t need the support of a big headed carrier, especially being a product of an enormous company like Google. Anyone who claims they are responsible for Android’s success is just full of hot air. All of the wireless companies were begging for a phone to be better than iPhone to stop hemorrhaging their customers. Combined effort from Sprint, Verizon and Google are barely beating the iPhone. Android’s success can be explained by great, adaptable software, openness and solid support, and open availability on nearly any carrier worldwide. Android is bigger than Verizon and Veirzon may start their own platform, but I guarantee that it will not succeed.