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 and the average user
by tony on Wed 6th Apr 2011 15:02 UTC
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The average consumer doesn't care if a phone is "open" or not. It might benefit them directly if the openness spurs innovation, but in the US that's not really the case because the carriers lock it down. In that particular case, Apple has an advantage because they dictate to the carriers what the build will be, instead of the carriers modding the ROMs and putting in ridiculous restrictions (like Verizon making Bing the only possible search engine).

Because the carriers can (and do) put in those restrictions, the openness of Android is mostly kept from the average consumer.

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