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 stabbyjones on Sun 20th May 2012 23:30 UTC in reply to "Re:"
stabbyjones
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You can build from source but the reason it's incomplete because of proprietary hardware/software like:

Orientation Sensor
Wifi
Bluetooth
GPS
Graphics
NFC
CDMA
WiMAX

It's currently well nigh impossible to build a completely free mobile phone. Don't blame Android for something that's been happening for the last 30 years.

The fact that you can build your own OS from source with proprietary blobs is light years ahead of what we used to have. No choice at all.

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