AT&T is going to release the Back Flip a Google Android phone made by
How can they do that without damaging their all important relationship
"They're rolling out Android with a mid-range device literally
stripped of every possible reference to Google!"
"When you perform any sort of search on Backflip, you're directed to
Yahoo! Search, not Google. Every instance of search - the home screen
search widget, searching from within the Web browser, apps that use
search - directs you to Y! and not G. So while Backflip may run
Google's Android operating system, this is no Google Phone. It's a
Motorola phone customized to AT&T's liking and loaded with apps and
other "features" designed to leverage AT&T's various business
relationships, including their search deal with Yahoo!
AT&T can do this because Android is an open source platform. Save a
handful of "Google Experience" devices (like Verizon's Droid) that
feature actual Google logos on the phone, packaging, and marketing
materials, Android phones are built using open source software that
Google lets phone makers and cellular carriers tweak as they will. So
AT&T had Motorola tweak the Google right on out of the Backflip. "