said by chsteiger:
Everyone that I know that an Android phone is at the mercy of the cell phone provider (TMO, VZ, ect) for upgrades and so forth... along with some settings... I know Google marketed Android as "Open", but it seems very far from open if you ask me. So if AT&T wants to preinstall branded apps, how is that any different then any other carrier?
Android is open in the sense that anyone can take the OS and customize it to their liking. And that's exactly what AT&T and Moto have done. They modded Android to be as restrictive as they wanted.