Personally, I've already seen some benefits. A recent update to my Samsung Galaxy's software delivers a much cleaner, faster, more Android-like experience. Nothing like the horror show of crapware I had when I first got the device last year.
And I'm not just saying this because it's something I called for back in October, when no one was listening.
In today’s marketplace the word “Android” is becoming meaningless.
An AT&T “Android” phone is not an Android phone, but an AT&T one. A Samsung “Android” phone is not an Android phone but a Samsung one. If you get a Samsung phone from AT&T you get one thing, if you get the same phone from Verizon you get something else.
In the end, the question for Google is whether it wants to protect its brand, or let its brand be hijacked on behalf of the status quo.
About the only people who seemed to be listening to me last were were at Harvard. Now it seems someone in Mountain View was listening, too.