Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Mar 2011 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless All hail the omnipresent people familiar with the matter.This time, these patrons of the internet have told InformationWeek that Motorola is not satisfied with Google's Android, and that the company is working on its own mobile operating system.
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not credible
by Tractor on Thu 24th Mar 2011 10:35 UTC
Tractor
Member since:
2006-08-18

Building a "good enough" OS is a huge task.
They don't stand even a little chance for this objective.

On the other hand, starting from an Android code base, and making some deep customizations (beyond skin level) is an entirely different game, which allows a great (almost unlimited ?) level of personalization, while still benefiting from Google experience.

I hope for them this is the route they have selected.

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RE: not credible - why fork Android?
by jabbotts on Thu 24th Mar 2011 12:33 in reply to "not credible"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Why have them fork Android? The semi-forks are the reason it's such a fragmented mess now. Why not have Motorola fork a full *nix like Debian or contribute development efforts to Meego? The hardware is a fully capable computer, why not give it a fully capable OS instead of another specialized tinker toy software stack.

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RE: not credible
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 24th Mar 2011 17:51 in reply to "not credible"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

You mean like motoblur, right? That was deeper than most skins, but caused them a world of hurt. It was crappy from the get go, disrupted the google experience, and made updates to the google experience take longer and work worse.

You don't differentiate to differentiate, you have to differentiate to be better. That's what they were *trying* to do with motoblur, but just failed. If you go too deep, then you break api compatibility. Then you need a new development platform, and all of the aps designed for android stop working. Even if they did, you'd need google's approval to get the google created apps ( marketplace, maps, navigation, gmail, ect) that help create the google experience.

That would have to be pretty awesome to throw away all of the benefits of a more stock Android.

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