Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 18:29 UTC
Google At the Google I/O conference, Google just held its second keynote address, which focussed on Android. The talk was held by Vic Gundotra, and he unveiled a number of new features coming in Android 2.2 "Froyo", as well as some features coming in Froyo+1. The main theme of the entire keynote? Openness and choice, and a whole bucketload of not-so-subtle jabs at Apple. I'd like to apologise upfront for a possible lack of critical notes in this article - I'm still handing out the brownie points to Google for yesterday.
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RE: Finally?
by WorknMan on Fri 21st May 2010 03:31 UTC in reply to "Finally?"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

The year of FOSS and Linux on desktop?
Who needs that, free software already rules your cell phone.


My question is, if Android is so open, how come the Droid Incredible hasn't been rooted yet? Why can't I just format it and put the stock Android 2.1 on it?

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RE[2]: Finally?
by mtilsted on Fri 21st May 2010 06:32 in reply to "RE: Finally?"
mtilsted Member since:
2006-01-15

"The year of FOSS and Linux on desktop?
Who needs that, free software already rules your cell phone.


My question is, if Android is so open, how come the Droid Incredible hasn't been rooted yet? Why can't I just format it and put the stock Android 2.1 on it?
"

Because 2.1/2.2 don't contain the needed drivers for that hardware. It's the same reason I can install a different 1.5 rom on my HTC Magic but I can't install 2.1* because it lack drivers.

*Well I can install it, but it will not boot due to missing drivers, so no point in trying :}

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RE[3]: Finally?
by WorknMan on Fri 21st May 2010 07:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Finally?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Because 2.1/2.2 don't contain the needed drivers for that hardware. It's the same reason I can install a different 1.5 rom on my HTC Magic but I can't install 2.1* because it lack drivers.

*Well I can install it, but it will not boot due to missing drivers, so no point in trying :}


But you can do it on the HTC Desire, which (IRIC) has the same hadware as the Droid Incredible?

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RE[2]: Finally?
by Akabander on Sat 22nd May 2010 14:07 in reply to "RE: Finally?"
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2008-03-10

Because Android is an OS released by Google, and your handset is a device made by someone else. Google doesn't dictate the terms of use of Android to the handset manufacturers; if they did, you'd no doubt be bitching about that and saying it shows how not-open Android is.

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