There is a serious flaw in Google android based phones.
Most (if not all) of the android phones require a Gmail account integrated into the phone in order to take advantage of most of the features.
These features include Google email integration, calendar synchronization, android market use, etc.
What most people do not know is that Google has been “disabling” Gmail accounts for unknown reasons. When a Gmail account is disabled by Google, it severely impacts the usability of Android phones by making core features unavailable (Calendar, Email, App Store, and any other app that is synchronized with a Google service)
Gmail account disabling also results in performance issue for android phones. When the Android OS is unable to synchronize a Gmail account, it will add an alert icon to the menu bar. It also appears to kick off some background polling process that cannot be killed. The effect of the polling process is severely degraded battery life as well as loss in application responsiveness.
Users are unable to even delete the Gmail account associated with their android phone as in order to modify your android account, you must sign in to your phone with your Gmail address, which at this point is impossible because it has been disabled by Google.
In the event that Google doesn’t re-enable your Gmail account, the only option to resolve this issue is to completely wipe your phone and resign yourself to losing all of your hosted data, emails and contacts forever.
Google does not provide details on why an account was disabled and there is no support contact information available anywhere.
Even calling Google’s main number provides to be futile in effecting a resolution.
The only option that a user has is to fill in a form on the Google disabled account screen located at http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/request.py?hl=en&contact_type=disabled2&p=mail" target="_blank"> http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/request.py?hl=en&contact_type=disabled2&p=mail
Which posits, “Please summarize what happened when your account became disabled so we can investigate. We'll follow up with you only if we require more information or we have additional information to share”
Google disabled it, how is a user to know what happened?
Does Google really expect to capture market space from professional users under these types of terms?
Imagine if all of a sudden you lost your email and calendar on your phone and were unable to get it back? It has happened to my wife and she is going on day 11 with no response from Google, Motorola or T-Mobile, still no access to email or her calendar and a phone whose battery life is now only about 3 hours on a full charge due to the synchronization background polling process.
What do you think would happen if RIm suddenlt diabled core Blakberry services to users without notice or recourse?
Grrrr @ Google