said by chsteiger: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.
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?