Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:17 UTC, submitted by jello
Apple So, how serious is the legal battle between Apple and the various Android phone makers, really? Surely, it's just logical business sense that's behind it, right? Calculated, well-planned precision strikes designed to hurt Android where simply making better, more innovative products isn't enough? Well, no, not really. We already knew Steve Jobs took this personal - now we know just how personal.
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jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

It's not just about hording source, then releasing it, then potentially re-licensing it under closed terms. I think it's more about the "open source for vendors not end users" part; where the manufacturers create fragmented child distributions through one-off modifications while still claiming to be the original distribution.

One can never make everyone happy but even if they standardized the distribution stack and allowed manufactures to include there own hardware driver bundles it'd be better. A clean standard core distribution and centralized updates plus a manufacturer/device specific little driver bundle update from time to time.. worlds better.

(Then we just need the Nokia N0 hardware. ;) )

Edited 2011-10-24 16:50 UTC

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frderi Member since:
2011-06-17

Device makers see their phones as devices. In this way Android will never be like say, Debian or Gentoo. Google is just clever enough to make people confuse the one with the other.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

True, sad, but true. What benefits the device owner or end customer is rarely what benifits the manufacturer. It's a relationship where both parties have oposing basic needs.

Still though, if it was actually about benefiting the consumer a unified Android distribution would be far better than an Android fork for each device manufacturer with device specific sub-forks to "differentiate".

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