Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th May 2013 23:35 UTC, submitted by kragil
Google Ars nails it: "The answer is that Google did announce what amounts to a fairly substantial Android update yesterday. They simply did it without adding to the update fragmentation problems that continue to plague the platform. By focusing on these changes and not the apparently-waiting-in-the-wings update to the core software, Google is showing us one of the ways in which it's trying to fix the update problem."
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RE[4]: Hiding the problem...
by rklrkl on Sat 18th May 2013 11:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hiding the problem..."
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I did quote the part of your claim that anyone can take Open Source code, modify it and benefit without giving back. My reply is entirely appropriate - this is *exactly* what happens with RHEL, particularly with Oracle Linux, who actually charge for their clone. In no way did I imply that the actual business model of Red Hat was identical to Google's, but this is what you seem to zone in on, completely incorrectly.

Android and RHEL are quite similar in that they're both open source and can be cloned/modified/added to by third parties without any restrictions/cost (although you can't use Google Apps unless you get them approved, but they're not core to running Android, plus you have to remove RHEL branding/name from clones of course).

The main difference is that Android makes money for Google via advertising/30% apps cut (and some cut for media like movies/music/books too I presume) whereas RHEL makes money by being sold initially and supported via paid contracts. *Both* make money for their owners, so to quibble over the business model differences seems petty to me.

Getting back on topic, the recent "Nexus" version promised of the Galaxy S4 does sound intriguing - a vanilla Android of the top-end Samsung phone sold in the Google Play store that will get Nexus-speed updates to the next Android release. I wish Google would do this will all the popular makes of phone - or at least offer to help the manufacturers switch a phone between Nexus and Carrier-bloatware mode easily.

Edited 2013-05-18 11:06 UTC

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