Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2011 16:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It all started with Apple/TechCrunch blogger M.G. Siegler making a huge fuss over something he didn't understand, and while that in and of itself isn't particularly interesting, one of the outcomes of this little internet drama is a comment on Google+ (the tenth one) that so perfectly encapsulates just how important Android is for the world that I felt the need to share it with you. It's the holiday season after all.
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There's an asterisk!
by AnythingButVista on Thu 29th Dec 2011 17:57 UTC
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The definition of Open*
"$ repo init -u -b android-4.0.1_r1"

* As long as you design and build your own hardware. Otherwise, you have to put up with locked bootloaders, bloatware and other crap because manufacturers and carriers are free to do whatever the heck they want to the device and then lock the user out of it without any remorse.

Edited 2011-12-29 17:58 UTC

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RE: There's an asterisk!
by Splinter on Thu 29th Dec 2011 22:47 in reply to "There's an asterisk!"
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You know this is exactly what Thom is getting at. ANY electronic manufacturer can produce a low cost (or high cost) phone that has full internet connectivity and the ability to load additional programs.

The impact on the WORLD will be huge. Remember the majority of the people in the WORLD do not live in already developed nations. The developing world has already skipped land lines, nearly all telecommunications infrastructure is wireless. It is this impact that Thom is talking about. Not can I build my own phone in my shed on a breadboard (btw I think you could with Android).

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RE: There's an asterisk!
by dragossh on Fri 30th Dec 2011 08:02 in reply to "There's an asterisk!"
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My HD2 and Fire want to have a talk with you.

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