Carriers will get more power with Android Q

Carriers will get more power with Android Q
If you're an Android fan into Dark Mode, you're probably eagerly awaiting the next major Android build. As we told you the other day, a Google engineer has already blabbed about a possible system-wide Dark Mode feature that will be built in to Android Q. On the other hand, four commits found under the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) website (via 9to5Google), suggest that there is also a dark side coming with Android Q.

The commits show file contents for the Android Q project, and four were posted under the title of "Carrier restriction enhancements for Android Q." The result is that with the next major Android build, the carriers will have even more "lock down" control over the devices that run over their networks. In theory, the changes could allow a major carrier to block a phone with one of its SIM cards installed from connecting to an MVNO that uses the same exact network. An MVNO is a wireless provider that doesn't own the towers used to provide service to subscribers. Examples include Project Fi and Xfinity Mobile.

Another change in Android Q could allow a carrier to prevent a user with a dual SIM phone from using another provider's SIM in the second slot unless their own SIM is in the first slot. These changes could help manufacturers sell more unlocked phones in the U.S. and give Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint more power over Android users.

Android Q should be introduced at Google I/O 2019, which should be held this coming May in Mountain View, California.

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13 Comments

1. odachek

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Can't wait for Android Quaker Biscuit!

2. emvxl

Posts: 143; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

More ability for carriers to install bloatware.

21. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

this is ... TERRIBLE... one of the reasons why updates take so long is the control carriers have in android... and now to bastardize the dual sim, I cant stand the limitation of iOS, but at least they have the balls to say F off my operating system.... I need another operating system to shake up the game

3. trollz

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

This isn't good news, especially with project treble along with Android one making recent strides in the android software update experience. Carriers should be given less control, not more.

4. phoneguynh

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

And that is why I own an iPhone.....

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6920; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Explain?

5. phoneguynh

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

Apple pretty much tells the carriers to get stuffed and googles giving it all away on the first date. Boy the times have changed.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Because carrier no longer subsidized for out phone it is time cut that BS bloateware installed on our phone. One version update can take a year and it is due for the next already.

8. kick413

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Android needs to take a page out of Apple's book when it comes to carrier control over phones.

22. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

damn right

20. gd761

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Ok. When I have an Unlocked Phone and want to sell it to someone else, then will I be able to sell it to ANYONE or to just someone who was using the same Carrier that I was using the Phone on? What happens if I want to Travel overseas and put in a Local SIM Card? With the Extremely High Price that We Pay for Unlocked High End Phones, We should be the one to Choose Exactly How We use it.

25. TBomb

Posts: 1715; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think we need to see how it gets used before jumping to conclusions. The vague changes could be interpreted multiple ways. This is especially true since it's a short highlight. Carrier Restrictions COULD refer to restricting the carriers, not giving the carriers ability to restrict. These changes COULD be for OEMs to restrict support of certain carriers - ie countries where their devices are not allowed to be sold (Huawei selling to Iran or something). Last time I checked it was still illegal in the US to lock a phone. Also, when was the last time you actively switched SIM cards into the same device on a REGULAR basis where this would be an issue? Not just "that one time you were on a trip and your work phone died"

26. FLOGROWN

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

More Fragmentation and bloatware on the way

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