Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th May 2012 22:50 UTC
Google "Google said on Saturday that Chinese authorities have approved its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings, the last regulatory hurdle to a deal that would allow the world's No. 1 Internet search engine to develop its own line of smart phones." The main requirement from the Chinese government? Google needs to keep Android open and free for at least five years. I'm guessing that's the time Baidu needs to properly fork Android.
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by kurkosdr on Sun 20th May 2012 23:00 UTC
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Since when Android is "open source"? Their source misses neccessary multimedia codecs, it's not just the Google experience apps. Othetwise we wouldn't need ReplicantOS. I am really not a free software evangelists, but if i you can't compile it from the sources, it's not open source, it's mixed model. I guess China meant Android's source to remain "as open as it is now".

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