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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RE: Open
by tomcat on Tue 19th Oct 2010 17:08 UTC in reply to "Open"
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

Someone may disagree about Rubin's defition of "open". Dumping the source code somewhere periodically doesn't cut it, by itself (even if it technically is open source).


Agreed. Google has agreements with carriers that prevent those carriers from modifying aspects of the Android mobile experience without Google's approval. We saw this recently when one of the carriers wanted to replace Android mapping functionality from a 3rd party software provider other than Google. Google doesn't mind if you modify Android, as long as you don't have any way of competing with Google. That isn't opennness.

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RE[2]: Open
by Radio on Tue 19th Oct 2010 17:14 in reply to "RE: Open"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Wrong. They can't modify some elements of Android if they want the google apps and the "with Google" branding. Those additional, proprietary elements are not part of Android, the smartphone OS.

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RE[3]: Open
by tomcat on Tue 19th Oct 2010 19:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Open"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Wrong. They can't modify some elements of Android if they want the google apps and the "with Google" branding. Those additional, proprietary elements are not part of Android, the smartphone OS.


Again, Google doesn't want people to be able to replace its own components. It's not an open platform.

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