Android is an open-source operating system. That’s a fact. There is also another very little known fact about Android: It is losing its ‘openness’ and carriers along with manufacturers, are tipping the scales, and taking in profits.
Take Verizon for example: They have the DROID line of phones, all robotic, high-end, sporting 1GHz processors and up to 8 megapixel cameras. But they load their useless carrier apps onto them, mainly V Cast junk that I have not dared open once. Honestly, who wants this crap?