Just getting a chance to read though some of the responses to the poster who posted the list of NTT Docomo phones he'd like/expect to see. Most just ignore it. Those that do respond do so by saying things like:.
We don't need your f##king delusions, so get the f##k out and dieOuch. Yeah, Sorry phandroid et al, but this list is total BS.
After Jean-Baptise Queru announced his AOSP experiment with the Xperia S, a rumor surfaced on a Taiwanese site that a DCM Xperia Nexus is coming. I received feedback on Google+ that this Taiwanese site is typically fairly reliable, and the pasted excerpt from the purported product list was indeed in Japanese. Coincidence? Maybe.
Next, a Hong Kong based site jumps in with what appears to be a more complete list of upcoming DCM handsets, including handsets other domestic makers including NEC, Panasonic, Fujitsu (with a Win 8 phone, among others), Sharp, and Kyocera. The list then goes on to include phones from LG, and Samsung, and dongles from AnyData. Next are Huawei, LG, and Nokia.
Last but not least is HTC, with FOMA and Xi versions of two phones including the One X.
Now, this has been picked up by phandroid, who apparently can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese. I tried leaving a comment that they'd get better results by setting their machine translator to go from C to E, instead of J to E, but that comment seems to have disappeared. I guess they don't want facts to get in the way over there.
So is this all BS?
Well, the HTC inclusion is interesting. HTC has not done well in Japan. Nobody but Nicholas and I bought the HTC Magic ht-03a. The two SBM Desire handsets also didn't sell well, though we now understand that part of the deal with Apple required SBM to aggressively push the iPhone. Readers have recounted being actively steered by SBM staff away from the Desire towards the iPhone.
So is HTC giving the quirky J market another go?
To try and get some insight, I went to some Japanese-language sources that I know and trust, beginning with Juggly. But alas, our friend currently has no posts regarding anything but a highly likely revision to the Galaxy Nexus. Other sites also have nothing. In fact, there is absolutely nothing regarding this written anywhere in the web in Japanese that I found with a quick search. So, for now, while the prospects of pure-AOSP devices from multiple makers is a very nice idea, I'm going to have to call BS on this one.
Yes, these handsets are made in China, so if there was information to be leaked, it would likely come out of China. However, I don't believe that makers are ready just yet to give up on their differentiation. The hardware is all essentially the same. It's mainly the software that makes the difference. Maybe makers could offer the same hardware with and without their UIs, such as HTC did with the Nexus One and the Desire.
I'm just not seeing it. At least not at this point.