Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Oct 2010 10:09 UTC
Google Google's big Android chief Andy Rubin has given an interview to PC Magazine, in which he touches on some interesting topics. Sadly, PC Magazine didn't ask about the patent situation and why Google is seemingly letting its OEMs fend for themselves, but there's still a lot of other interesting stuff in there.
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Android is free?
by siimo on Sat 9th Oct 2010 11:28 UTC
siimo
Member since:
2006-06-22

Yes the OS is open source. But Google charges fees to provide access to Google apps like Maps and to the Android Market.

If an Android phone without access to Android Market even an Android phone?

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RE: Android is free?
by mrhasbean on Sat 9th Oct 2010 11:47 in reply to "Android is free?"
mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

Yes the OS is open source. But Google charges fees to provide access to Google apps like Maps and to the Android Market.

If an Android phone without access to Android Market even an Android phone?


Of course it is, you can change whatever you like on it, and install whatever you like on it. Just because you can't actually access the majority of the apps that can be installed on it without access to Android Market has no relevance whatever ... to Google's definition of open.

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RE[2]: Android is free?
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 9th Oct 2010 11:50 in reply to "RE: Android is free?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You're free to start your own application store for Android. Nobody is forcing you to use Market. So yeah, Android is open - the Market isn't.

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RE: Android is free?
by dacresni on Sat 9th Oct 2010 19:35 in reply to "Android is free?"
dacresni Member since:
2009-08-26

Open source initiative dictates that the openness should not leak into other software which means. If you're software should be distributed with other software, it cannot mandate that the other software distributed with it must be open source. (thats difference between this meritocracy and socialism)

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RE[2]: Android is free?
by Gone fishing on Sat 9th Oct 2010 20:14 in reply to "RE: Android is free?"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

That seems a very random comment I think you may be trying to say something about GPL? What about other open licences BSD for instance?

Anyway here's another random comment - I think Haiku would be very cool on netbooks and similar shame it isn't quite ready.

Maybe a few more platforms would be cool - little more competition etc.

Edited 2010-10-09 20:15 UTC

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