Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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Amazon can build an entirely non-Google Android and (probably) sell millions of copies. And yet, Fusion Garage can experiment with Android and build and entirely non-Google experience.

Android 2.x was certainly open source by any reasonable definition. Both the Amazon product, the Fusion Garage product and the Baidu fork/version is 2.x based.

Google closed the source as of Android 3 (Honeycomb). Google said they will release the source in the future but it has, to date, seen the light of day (that I know of)

Hopefully 3.1 will once again become open when it's released in November but there is no news on that as of yet.

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