Some of the articles I read a while back addressed this in stating the manufacturers are trying to further differentiate their Android phones from competitors with a customized UI. I can understand their thought process behind this, but I have to slightly disagree with them if that's accurate. There is a lot a manufacturer can do with the hardware, form-factor, and looks to differentiate. However, I will concede to the notion that the average buyer will make a purchase decision more on how much prettier the UI is than other features or even build quality.
Originally Posted by jasaero
I think the manufacturers are trying to prevent what's happened to the PC market. The average Joe can't tell the difference between the 100s of different models and the sales reps couldn't explain it either. NewEgg is pretty much on the mark with their Ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYk0dQrz3uc
I agree with you that I would much rather them make a phone with high build quality and a stable, clean OS. Take the development money put into that customized UI and instead put some of it into the hardware and the rest into making the OS as stable as possible.
I know a lot about somethings and enough about most things, but not everything on everything.