Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Apr 2011 22:48 UTC
Google Is Android still open now that Google has postponed the source code release of Honeycomb, version 3.0 of the mobile operating system? I've been reading a whole boatload of articles and blog posts on the web claiming Android is no longer open, but it seems like very few people seem to actually understand what 'open' really means when it comes to the GPL and the Apache license. Here's a short primer.
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Trademarks
by Delgarde on Tue 5th Apr 2011 23:29 UTC
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

If they don't want cheap Android tablets to tarnish the Android brand, they should just do what Haiku and Red Hat do: protect the Android trademarks through a licensing and quality control program, and restrict access to Google services such as the Android Market to devices that are properly licensed.

One of the Mozilla guys made the same point, since that's their approach too (the whole Ice Weasel thing).

And I agree - if the problem is the potential for damage to the Android brand, then solve the problem directly by regulating third-party use of that brand, not indirectly by trying to restrict access to the code.

Edited 2011-04-05 23:32 UTC

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RE: Trademarks
by bhtooefr on Wed 6th Apr 2011 07:58 in reply to "Trademarks"
bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

Of course, now it's too late for that - the Amazon version of the market is being distributed on devices that don't comply with Google's standards.

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RE[2]: Trademarks
by arpan on Wed 6th Apr 2011 14:25 in reply to "RE: Trademarks"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

No, Google can still restrict the use of the Android trademark. They can't stop the software from being used, just the name. So those devices wouldn't be Android devices anymore. They'd have to be sold under a different brand name.

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