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[2]: Open
by Timmmm on Tue 19th Oct 2010 20:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Open"
Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

If the current line of phones are not to your liking, you can create your own and no one will send C&D letters to you.


Make your own phone? Are you mad? The whole point of android being "open" is that people can buy a phone, and then download the Android source, compile and install it. In reality they *can't* do that, because

A) Most phones have locked boot-loaders. and
B) There's no source for many of the drivers or the radio firmware. You have to (illegally) copy the binaries that came with the phone, and even then you can't add features, fix bug and so on.

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RE[3]: Open
by fatjoe on Tue 19th Oct 2010 21:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Open"
fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

You realize that the Android world have both types of phones? Completely open (e.g. the OpenMoko Android port) and not that open (Motorola). You are free to choose whichever you like. And I am perfectly happy with this and so is Linus Torvalds (hint: GPLv3).

Also, access to radio is limited due to some US law.

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RE[4]: Open
by Morgan on Wed 20th Oct 2010 00:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Open"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Also, access to radio is limited due to some US law.


I find that particularly interesting because one can import just about any Chinese Android-based phone into the U.S. and hack away to their heart's content, without fear of boot ROM locks and illegally obtained radio firmware. Granted, you won't have access to the Market and official Google apps, but if you're wanting your own custom Android phone you'll find alternatives to those or compile your own anyway.

Short of buying an N900 (and as much as I like my Android, I still want one), it's as close to a truly open phone as you can get right now.

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RE[3]: Open
by JAlexoid on Thu 21st Oct 2010 21:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Open"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

The whole point of android being "open" is that people can buy a phone, and then download the Android source


Hm... Thank you for enlightening us. You are probably Andy Rubin or one of the strategists at Google?

My speculation is, that Android is open because any H/W company can freely adapt, port it and still have the same platform.

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