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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by siki_miki on Wed 6th Apr 2011 17:21 UTC
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I think Google does this to enforce their rules on vendors. Yes it's open, and you can do whatever with it, but until next release. Then you wait for the code while others, who are well behaved, profit from it. And maybe they also don't want cheap chinese knock-off tablets with gingerbread flooding the market from the start (although - why not?:))

Delayed "openess" is a small cost for better user experience and less fragmented platform in the longer run.

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