Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Apr 2012 22:35 UTC
Google Google's CEO, Larry Page, has just published a letter titled "2012 Update from the CEO". It's a state of the union-sort of thing, mostly filled with the usual stuff of how great Google supposedly is (we'll decide that for ourselves, why thank you). There's one bit in it, though, that caught my eye - something that puts Android's supposed fragmentation issues in a rather different light.
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Open was used in three different contexts.

"... openness and investment ..." is mostly about a collaborative approach between vendors. Collaborations can happen between businesses and takes many forms. This includes open source, standards bodies, and agreements between companies. This is probably the biggest reason why the cellular market isn't anywhere near as fragmented today as it was 5 years ago.

"... open ecosystem ..." is likely a reference to the ability of third parties to extend the system. Android accepts contributions for a multitude of sources and places relatively few restrictions on the types of contributions. This is most evident in how apps are developed and deployed. Of course device developers have much greater freedom in developing and deploying their software, which makes it even more appealing to them. This is probably the biggest reason why Android is accepted by developers.

"... open source ..." played a role, albeit a smaller one. It gave device developers the ability to design their own hardware without having to reinvent the kernel or depending upon what a third party OS developer supports (which would make it harder to differentiate their devices). Of course, it also provides them with access to an excellent toolchain that they don't have to reinvent.

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