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AT&T Locks Sirius XM Out of Android Phones

Jun. 16, 2010 5:13 PM ETSIRI, T54 Comments

By Demian Russian

In a stunning move, AT&T (T) has locked Sirius XM (SIRI) out of all of its Android based phones. AT&T’s new HTC Aria Android based phone, which is scheduled to be released on June 20th, will be locked to prevent the downloading of Sirius XM’s Android app. AT&T’s Motorola (MOT) Backflip has already been locked to prevent the downloading of the app as well. This is the result of AT&T’s decision to lock out all non-Android Market apps, including the Sirius XM app, from being downloaded to its Android based phones.

AT&T’s decision to not embrace the open source nature of the Android OS is surprising, especially in light of CEO Ralph de la Vega’s previous comments regarding the Android platform. In an interview with Engadget he seemed to indicate the opposite:

We like the Android as an operating system on its own, but we want to make sure that we have, and customers have the option, to put applications on that device that are not just Google (GOOG), applications, so when the G1 came out and T-Mobile (DT) launched it, it’s primarily a Google phone. And we want to give customers the choice of other applications on that device, not just the same Google applications … the whole idea behind Android is that it’s gonna be an open OS, and so I don’t wanna roll an open OS to market that has primarily Google apps on it, and I think that’s gonna happen. I mean, I see a lot of activity, I think it’s got a good future, and I think it makes a lot of sense that the OS is open-source, separate from Google apps that are also very good.

Why isn’t Sirius XM’s online streaming app available from the Android Market? Pandora, Slacker, Last.fm, along with many other

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