Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Claim you are open and standards based but control who gets access to your smartphone operating system


...and yet, Amazon can build an entirely non-Google Android and (probably) sell millions of copies. And yet, Fusion Garage can experiment with Android and build and entirely non-Google experience.

Cut the nonsense, Kelly. The facts don't support your gruberesque bull.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Wow, Thom, you negated every one of my comments with that non-retort.


Why would I want to counter points that (except for a few idiotic ones) clearly true? Google is no saint, and I never claimed otherwise.

That's the problem with debating with zealots such as yourself. You think everything is black and white, so when people like me - non-zealots - have issues with your pet company, you automatically assume we are cheering for the other team all the way, that we approve everything they do.

You think that because that's how your mind works. You are projecting your mindset ("ALL APPLE DO = GOOD") onto mine, simply because you are incapable of realising that the world is not black and white. For people like me, who have no specific undying love for any company, companies can do both good and bad things - at the same time.

Look, Kelly, the fact that we are allowing you to post here in spite of all the things you've done to me and Eugenia, and despite the things you said about my family, is something of a miracle. Don't squander it.

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kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Amazon can build an entirely non-Google Android and (probably) sell millions of copies. And yet, Fusion Garage can experiment with Android and build and entirely non-Google experience.


Android 2.x was certainly open source by any reasonable definition. Both the Amazon product, the Fusion Garage product and the Baidu fork/version is 2.x based.

Google closed the source as of Android 3 (Honeycomb). Google said they will release the source in the future but it has, to date, seen the light of day (that I know of)

Hopefully 3.1 will once again become open when it's released in November but there is no news on that as of yet.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hopefully 3.1 will once again become open when it's released in November but there is no news on that as of yet.

That's bordering on a lie (again?...); Google was quite clear about the reasons for keeping tablet-only version closed, and even clearer, repeatedly, about the next version having its source released.

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