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: Trademarks
by bhtooefr on Wed 6th Apr 2011 07:58 UTC 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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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

They can also restrict access to the services and repositories to only official Android release not child forks. Do like Canonical did; "fork our distro all you like just don't claim it's an Ubuntu and don't use our repositories"

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