Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Dec 2010 22:43 UTC
Google The source code for Android 2.3 has been released. "Nexus S went on sale yesterday morning in the US, running Gingerbread. Just like I did for Froyo, I'm open-sourcing the matching Android platform source code, right after the first consumers get their hands on it. I'm going to start literally right now, and the process will take a few hours."
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Am I reading this correctly?
by mrhasbean on Sun 19th Dec 2010 21:44 UTC
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

I don't really follow Android stuff too closely because it doesn't affect me, but from comments here am I correct in interpreting that although the new Android version has been released it's going to be potentially months before it's available on the majority of existing Android powered handsets, if at all?

I was under the impression that it just automatically updated over the air - one of the key differentiators touted by some. Is that not the case?

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RE: Am I reading this correctly?
by Timmmm on Sun 19th Dec 2010 22:08 in reply to "Am I reading this correctly?"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

No. The source code to *almost* everything has been released. Unfortunately, critical drivers (GPS, camera, battery, etc) are not considered part of Android by Google, and are often closed source. They need to be updated by the phone manufacturers in order for the new release to work.

Some good news on that front though, the Nexus One GPS driver is now open source, and the Nexus S audio and camera drivers are open source.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Basically with android aosp, the phone could (depending on the model) boot, but beyond that things that require drivers not in the google kernel will not work.

Incidentally, drivers and *extra stuff* is one the reason things like CyanogenMod exist. It is up to the community to add all the extra stuff that is not included in the android releases.

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

Wow. Ok. I wonder how many people who bought Android handsets other than Nexus had this little gem explained to them?

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