Sources: Android Police, The Droid Guy
quote: How has Google changed in the last X years its the same thing except you can buy your rank instead of earn it.
quote: every couple months they have to change the algorithm to try and defeat spam. It should be evolving more.
quote: The nerve of these app store companies, requiring you to have an ID and login so you can make purchases.
quote: If you want to participate normally in the Android world, you have to set up that Gmail account.
quote: As I noted above already, sure, you can sideload apps. Or maybe sideload some 3rd-part app store thing. But then you're out in the cold for the normal methods of developers getting their apps to you...you can't necessarily count on any given app being available from said 3rd party app store.
quote: What Platform exists that you do not have to create an account to load apps?
quote: It HAS to have an account with your info so it knows what apps you bought
quote: No-one has to use it, but an account needs to exist to operate.
quote: There is no way around that on any platform.
quote: There's no possible need for a Gmail account if you already have existing email accounts from other services. Just let consumers plug in their existing email address. Done.
quote: Secondly...why not let someone use an EXISTING email account they have - regardless of the provider?
quote: I've always found it terribly offensive that you can't even *use* an Android device without a Gmail account..
quote: Granted the article is pretty speculative