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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RE: Am I reading this correctly?
by Timmmm on Sun 19th Dec 2010 22:08 UTC 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

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.


While I understand this completely I don't know many non-techy people who are either interested in or capable of rooting their phone to install an updated version of the OS, especially when...

"I was told it would just update automatically!"

I know it's a walled garden, and all those lovely descriptors people want to throw at it, but every single person who I know that has an iPhone 3G, 3Gs or 4 - and there are a lot of them - are running the latest iOS, because they simply clicked update.

I appreciate that this is also the case with Google's own phones, but my point is that there are surely a lot of people out there who've bought into the whole "it's just like an iPhone only open" or "it's just like an iPhone but you can do more with it" thing, who bought other Android based phones, who may have to wait months to be able to use their sexy "over the air" updating to get new features, if at all.

Being one of the "I want it now!" brigade, I know if it was mine I'd be pretty pissed off.

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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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molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

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

Average Jane and Joe doesn't care - only geeks do, and they knew already. Seriously, now I have a handful of colleagues with Android handsets, and they coldn't care less for OTA updates. What they care for is built quality, usability, some cool apps & games. Today's Android handsets deliver on all fronts. And for people who do care about always getting the latest and greatest, there is always a completey open phone available, and some that are more or less hacker friendly.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

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


Interesting... in the past, whenever someone has made a similar criticism about the iOS, you and the rest of the Apple Defense Brigade have been quick to leap into the fray, apologists talking-points primed and ready. You know, the standard BS lines about how Apple's draconian restrictions are entirely "for our own good/for the User Experience(tm)/THINK OF THE CHILDREN".

So, by all means, please educate us as to why those arguments apply to Apple's restrictions, but not those imposed by Android device makers/carriers. Waiting...

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