Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Oct 2010 12:23 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Catfight! Get out your mobile phones and start filming, because two important personalities in the mobile world just got into a catfight. After the presentation of Apple's (once again) stellar quarterly results (what's with the low iPad sales, though?), Apple's CEO Steve Jobs went on a bit of a tangent regarding Android (among other things). Google's Andy Rubin, the father of Android, responded in a pretty fun way via Twitter.
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Comment by tetek
by tetek on Tue 19th Oct 2010 13:22 UTC
tetek
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2010-10-04

I don't think that kernel is all what's matters in Android. Sure - you can get it like you can get PC linux kernel. But kernel isn't all. And everything else is proprietary. Someone took effort to strip Android from the "everything else" just to see what will left. It was kernel, bluetooth stack and some libraries like libxml. Stack of code from which you can't even make a call. No GUI of course.
Want more? Talk with Google. Used anyway - they will sue you.
So all this talking about "free" and "open" Android is just silly. Sure - you can install apps openly but only if your operator allows it. Some of AT&T phones are stripped from this functionality. And new ones from Verizon will use Verizon store. If Market form Google will be available is in discussion since Verizon phones will be using Bing as default search engine.
And of course you have to make rooting procedure to your device to be a root - ON YOUR OWN PHONE. It's not a problem on many HTC's phones but for example users of Motorola Milestone waited about 8 - 9 months before they could even think about it. Not everything what's is based in some pieces on Open Source is open, free and fair. I think that every one of you could bring some examples.

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RE: Comment by tetek
by robmv on Tue 19th Oct 2010 13:59 in reply to "Comment by tetek"
robmv Member since:
2006-08-12

What are you talking about? Android opensource repository contains everything with the exception of a few proprietary Google Apps like GMail client (standard mail client is included), GTalk, Google Calendar "plugin" (the calendar app is included), YouTube native client, and Market, everything else can be build from sourcecode with a simple make, better if you have one of the Developer phone likes the Nexus One where they are preconfigured with all hardware support

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