Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 17:58 UTC
Google Andy Rubin, who created Android and has led its development both at Android Inc. and later at Google, has decided to step down as the big Android boss at Google. Having created the world's "most-used mobile operating system", as Google CEO Larry Page refers to it, I'd say his stint has been successful. Interestingly enough, he will be succeeded by Sundar Pichai - Chrome OS boss. Yes.
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Good to see I was right about it ticking off the fanatics.

Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not a fanatic. I don't care if Android were to go to Mono or not (I don't even like Android), but the fact that you immediately labeled my response says a lot more about you than me. I meant it though, Mono is probably not a sound tactic as far as legal minefields go. I know of no legally binding documents by Microsoft saying they will not come after Mono. C# yes, that language can certainly be used and I'd have no objection to Google adopting C# as it's a hell of a lot better than Java, but you specifically said Mono which could carry a lot of patent baggage relating to .net and the CLR among others. Sure, Microsoft have "promised" not to enforce their patents, but that's not a signed contract and would hold no legal authority should they change their mind in the future. Given the protection money they already extort from Android device makers, do you really think they wouldn't decide to do something similar if Google adopted Mono? The only way Google could safely adopt C# is to do exactly what they did with Java: adopt the language but create a completely custom framework and vm around it. Microsoft could do absolutely nothing about it, and Google V. Oracle already sets the precedent for this.
By all means, if you know of any legally binding documents Microsoft have given in this matter, due tell. I'm not interested in their good will promises, I want to see proper legal documents. Without these, Google would be stupid to adopt Mono.

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