Linked by the_randymon on Tue 29th Jan 2013 01:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Samsung's recent Android 4.1.2 upgrade for the Galaxy Note 10.1 adds power and flexibility to the company's unique offering of Android multiwindowing features. With this update, the Galaxy Note 10.1 can run up to 16 multiwindow-enabled Android apps at once, Windows/Mac-like, on a single screen. Apps endowed with Samsung's multiwindow technology are usable in three viewing modes: full screen, dual view, and cascade view." There are already some complaining this represents a dangerous fork of Android. I thinks it's a step in the right direction.
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RE[6]: Comment by Laurence
by henderson101 on Tue 29th Jan 2013 10:44 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
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"Really? Why was it open sourced then?

Honestly, I have no idea.

Because they use GPL code and the license dictates that they must provide the source code for any changes they make?

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RE[7]: Comment by Laurence
by some1 on Tue 29th Jan 2013 14:10 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Laurence"
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Bullshit. All Android user space is Apache or BSD licensed. They only had to provide sources for the kernel.

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RE[8]: Comment by Laurence
by henderson101 on Tue 29th Jan 2013 15:02 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Laurence"
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Really? I could not care any less. You, however, could do with learning a few simple common manners. They cost zero $$'s, so even you can afford them. No excuses.

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RE[8]: Comment by Laurence
by cdude on Tue 29th Jan 2013 16:20 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Laurence"
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Not really. Eg Chrome/WebKit is LGPL. Anyhow, the point is Google opensourced all components (with exceptions like there service-integration) and that gives those using it to make products the options to

1) Differentiate. Not only with another theme but in near unlimited ways including adding new features they think customers would like. That Samsung does exactly that and that those features are received well (see comments here and there sales) is an indicator that it works.

2) It gives partners more security in there investment. They have control over the software stack and not depend on Google for every step they take.

3) It is 3th party hacker friendly and projects like CyanogenMod profit what in turn is good for customers and hence the platform profits,

4) Others are able to make and offer patches back to Google, to port Android, to reuse code.

Lot of advantages that make the platform stronger, help it grow. And that, Android's grow, was always top priority for Google. It helps spread then platform and there services. That Amazon forked Android is an acceptable side-effect (and yet Google even profits there).

So, what would be the advantages to not opensource?

Edited 2013-01-29 16:26 UTC

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