Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 22:39 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is growing increasingly concerned with Samsung's dominance of the Android - and smartphone - landscape. Supposedly, the topic is being openly discussed at Google, and as far as I'm concerned, that's great news.
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About Android forking
by JimProfit on Wed 27th Feb 2013 04:33 UTC
JimProfit
Member since:
2011-08-03

Amazon never commercialized Android devices.
Samsung do, and so they have a contract with google stipulating they can't fork Android.

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RE: About Android forking
by cyrilleberger on Wed 27th Feb 2013 05:35 in reply to "About Android forking"
cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

They can walk away from the contract.

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RE[2]: About Android forking
by Priest on Wed 27th Feb 2013 05:50 in reply to "RE: About Android forking"
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

Yeah but they can't use the Android name or Google services without permission. What they would be left with is Linux which they already have in the form of Tizen (formerly MeeGo) and the need to get permission from Oracle to use a license of Java for the cause.

That Java part is tricky, it is a mirracle that Google got the terms they did from Sun and now that Oracle owns it it is highly unlikely (read: not happening) they would give Samsung the proper licensing.

Without java they could not easily port existing Android apps. Oracle would no doubt demand a LOT of control so not only would they be no better off with the new software partner they would have an uphill battle in an already crowded market of mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows mobile, BB10, Ubuntu mobile etc.)

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RE: About Android forking
by ilovebeer on Thu 28th Feb 2013 02:34 in reply to "About Android forking"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Amazon never commercialized Android devices.
Samsung do, and so they have a contract with google stipulating they can't fork Android.

Can you provide a citation for the terms of this Samsung-Google contract. Or, was your claim that Samsung can't fork Android purely speculation with nothing tangible behind it?

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