Linked by David Adams on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 16:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Here's the dirty little secret about Android: After all the work Apple did to get AT&T to relinquish device control for the iPhone and all the great efforts Google made to get the FCC and the U.S. telecoms to agree to open access rules as part of the 700 MHz auction, Android is taking all of those gains and handing the power back to the telecoms.
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RE[5]: Comment by AnythingButVista
by joshv on Tue 24th Aug 2010 14:24 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by AnythingButVista"
joshv
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2006-03-18

I was responding to the claim that you could install anything you want on android without jail breaking, which is just wrong. I wanted to make the philosophical point that will generally less restricted on Android, the phones are just as locked down as iPhones.


Sorry, you are wrong. You can install any apk you want, regardless of where it comes from, and it will have access to all of the same APIs that are available to Google Market applications.

No, you don't have arbitrary access to the underlying Unix APIs, but shit dude, this is java running in VM (er.... sorry, java like code running in a java-esque vm). This isn't a carrier restriction, it's a platform restriction, and one I happen to like. If I want to hack linux I'll do it on my desktop, not my phone.

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