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 henderson101 on Mon 21st May 2012 01:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Re:"
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Moreover, ARM is not a specific processor, it's a processor spec. Manufacturers are free to add and remove whatever they wish from the final processor, so any OS that supports ARM is up against the whim of the processor used by the manufacturer. As most of the features of the processor (or SOC) are often supplied as proprietary, the OS in question will have binary blobs. This is without taking in to account discrete chips used to supply functionality not on the die. Chip manufacturers are in the business of putting hurdles and NDAs in the way of hardware development because it drives business.

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