Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Apr 2011 22:48 UTC
Google Is Android still open now that Google has postponed the source code release of Honeycomb, version 3.0 of the mobile operating system? I've been reading a whole boatload of articles and blog posts on the web claiming Android is no longer open, but it seems like very few people seem to actually understand what 'open' really means when it comes to the GPL and the Apache license. Here's a short primer.
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Open... right...
by tuzor on Tue 5th Apr 2011 23:48 UTC
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If there's a hypocrite here then that's the writer of this article.
Google doesn't give a rat's ass about openness. All they care about is making money, just like any other major corporation.
They've only used the notion of being "open" to position themselves as the Apple competitor.
They knew they couldn't beat Apple on their terms so they had to position themselves on the opposite extreme.

Vic Gundotra in his keynote at I/O last year: If Google didn’t act, it faced a draconian future where one man, one phone, one carrier were our choice.
That’s a future we don’t want.
[…] So if you believe in openness, if you believe in choice, if you believe in innovation from everyone, then welcome to Android.

You can talk all you want about licenses and what Google is legally obligated in doing and what not, however it's a fact that behind closed doors they're starting to impose their own rules on carriers and device makers and withholding source code (seems everyone was cheering along at Andy Rubins tweet a few months ago but shutting up now). And they're doing this because they need to keep their platform viable for developers and consumers.

Andoid is not open. Google develops it on their own terms without any contribution from the community. They distribute prerelease builds to whomever they choose fit. They release source code whenever they see fit. And now they're imposing rules on what carriers can alter on the OS when selling the devices.

PS: It's funny how many Android and MS fanboy bloggers/writers are taking jabs at Gruber lately, hoping they'll get a response (a desperate shot at getting numerous hits and the blogosphere noticing your existence).

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