Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2013 18:29 UTC
Google A blog post on the Free Software Foundation Europe site is making the rounds around the web. The blog post, written by Torsten Grote, claims that 'the Android SDK is now proprietary', because upon download, you have to agree to terms and conditions which are clearly not compatible with free and/or open source software. What Grote fails to mention - one, these terms have mostly always been here, and two, they only apply to the SDK binaries. The source is still freely available.
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The miracast support is all part of the platform, however it requires specific support from the hardware and drivers: it needs to be able to execute both hardware video decoding and encoding at the same time, and be able to stream a second composited display before through the video encoder. Currently only the Nexus 4 hardware has this support. (For other devices I don't know how much of the limitation is core to the hardware or just lacking in the drivers.)

For stuff like photosphere, I believe this is just part of Google's proprietary application code, like many other things: the Gmail, Google+ and other apps, contacts and calendar sync engines, Google account manager, etc.

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