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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RE: Fragmentation
by Delgarde on Wed 6th Apr 2011 02:22 UTC in reply to "Fragmentation"
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

Isn't this all because Google wants to prevent fragmentation by keeping the source slightly closed ?

Interresting enough it is the device builders/telecom providers which want to differentiate.



I don't think it's fragmentation/differentiation, so much as the quality of products being associated with the Android brand - not dissimilar to Apple's attitude towards running MacOS on non-Apple hardware.

For the time being, it looks like Google's approach is to limit who they supply the newer versions of Android to, so that each product released with 3.0 is a tested and supported configuration. So for better or worse, no more cheap Android tablets from obscure manufacturers that even Google hasn't heard of...

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RE[2]: Fragmentation
by fatjoe on Wed 6th Apr 2011 13:19 in reply to "RE: Fragmentation"
fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

You are confusing quality and price. High price does not automatically imply high quality.

Just take a look at Motorola XOOM: high price, low quality. If google wants android to be associated with high quality, why the hell did they release XOOM so early?

disclaimer: I run honeycomb on a high quality/low cost tablet thanks to XDA.

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