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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RE: Android is free?
by mrhasbean on Sat 9th Oct 2010 11:47 UTC 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[3]: Android is free?
by phoenix on Thu 14th Oct 2010 04:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Android is free?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

And Amazon is in the process of doing just that.

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