Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Apr 2013 22:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, Facebook sent out an invite to a press event, to come check Facebook's 'New home on Android'. The press and bloggers went nuts, proclaiming that Facebook would fork Android and create its own phone. However, if you didn't wear the sensationalism-induced glasses, it was obvious from the invite itself that there would no forking of Android, and AndroidPolice confirmed it today.
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Blame Apple
by thesunnyk on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 00:40 UTC
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To have a separate home screen isn't part of the "android experience"; just like Sense UI is technically Android, but isn't "Android" in that there isn't a single phone that represents it.

Android is an OS, but it isn't iOS, which is notable only in its limitations: that you can't just use it anywhere. Similarly, a home screen on Android isn't the default Android home screen, which isn't the iOS home screen, which is notable only in its limitations: that it's not just an app which can be replaced.

Viewed through the lens of Apple, which is how many nowadays are seeing it, it is the quintessential Cathedral. One product! Through this lens, even Microsoft is considered "open". Through this lens, any change to any part of the core Android experience is a fork.

The problem isn't that people don't understand the meaning of fork, it is that their minds have closed to the possibilities.

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