Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Nov 2011 23:06 UTC
Google Finally! Jean-Baptiste Queru (yes, husband of) has announced the source code release for Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (technically, it's 4.0.1). Naturally, this code dump also happens to include the source code for Honeycomb - however, due to Honeycomb's incomplete nature, there's no tags available for it. Not interesting from a let's-build-it-and-code-point of view, but it is interesting for ROM hackers - bring it on, ICS for my Galaxy SII!
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The Nook Tablet and Color and Kindle Fire are great examples of how this can work against Google - Android devices that make no payment to Google and do not come with access to Google's Android Marketplace, or Google's proprietary apps

Though they can clearly benefit each other, as far as (application) "ecosystem" goes, at the very least. Even if appstores are separate, the platforms to target are close enough.

- been far better at sticking to privacy promises and openness compared to the likes of Facebook

Well, Facebook might have met its match at least in the, also quite problematic, Streetview...
(generally, both being the most powerful tools of - curiously socially acceptable in comparison to, say, peeping over the fence in the old days - cyber-stalkers :p )

- have entire divisions of their company and features that make no revenue for them (and are not R&D projects in hope of future earnings) but are retained. e.g. Free offline and IMAP/SMTP/POP access to gmail from day one

IMAP access was added few years after launch (and, really, probably largely to the benefit of upcoming wave of mobile devices). Generally, all those "that make no revenue for them (and are not R&D projects in hope of future earnings)" is what keeps the real product of Google (us, our eyeballs, and wallets when the time comes to buy some advertised rubbish ;p ) more happy, it's very much in the self-interest of Google.

- principled stand on net neutrality

To be fair, that's also simply in their best self-interest.

- taking a principled stand and pulling out of China

That's simply not true. Sure, they made some lofty announcements (which, evidently, scored them some positive, if inaccurate, perceptions; some lasting points in increasingly sinophobic places), some posturing ...but, when the reality of pulling out of already one of the biggest (and rapidly growing) markets set in, Google didn't really do anything.

Hey, you seem to essentially grumble a bit yourself at the accuracy of /., in a nearby comment, you should know better ;)

Overall, Google is on upswing rush right now, so of course there will attract attention, of all kinds.
(plus, you know, Skynet lurks in something like their serverfarm ;) )

Edited 2011-11-15 19:33 UTC

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