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[2]: Hiding the problem...
by Fergy on Sat 18th May 2013 17:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Hiding the problem..."
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Unavoidable I'm afraid. Google has finally realized that while open source is excellent for academia and research projects, once you want to actually make money from it you're in hot water as any person or company can take your code, modify it, and benefit from it without giving a damn thing back to you. And don't go on about the GPL, there are plenty of ways around that one too if you're motivated, and cash is one hell of a motivator. Like it or not, Google is a business. They need to profit from projects eventually, and so far Google themselves haven't made much from Android. Can't really blame them for wanting to turn that around. No money, no more Android.

Yeah completely open projects like Firefox apparently don't exit in your head. Also the money Google has made with Android don't exit in your head.

I wonder what Firefox OS will do. It is completely open like Firefox and smartphone makers can work on it at the same time as Mozilla. Fragmentation is also very hard to get when your platform is web+Firefox.

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