Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Apr 2012 22:35 UTC
Google Google's CEO, Larry Page, has just published a letter titled "2012 Update from the CEO". It's a state of the union-sort of thing, mostly filled with the usual stuff of how great Google supposedly is (we'll decide that for ourselves, why thank you). There's one bit in it, though, that caught my eye - something that puts Android's supposed fragmentation issues in a rather different light.
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All Android did was get itself installed everywhere, on everything.

iOS has had the same effect, essentially, because of the iPhone having crowded out most other smartphones. You develop for iOS and you have incredible reach.

The solution was and is a unified ecosystem. Android did it by bringing their frameworks to a lot of devices, iOS did it by having one supremely popular device.

Openness really didn't have much to do for it, and in fact, the run-of-the-mill app developer on Android doesn't really interface with any of the really low levels of the Operating System, in so far as Linux could be swapped out as the Kernel tomorrow, and App developers would be none the wiser.

Driver wise, things are still a mess, but starting to get better with at least some of the Android Kernel changes getting back into the Linux kernel proper, but its still a complete clusterfuck. Graphics drivers are still binary blobs too, and anything else is so Android specific that there's little to no benefit to Linux as a whole.

So where do open standards come into play here, other than Google paying lip service? I find it laughable how free software is piggybacked on by these corrupt, greedy, corporations, yet people still pretend that their principals are still in tact.

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