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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RE: About Android forking
by cyrilleberger on Wed 27th Feb 2013 05:35 UTC 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[3]: About Android forking
by steve_s on Wed 27th Feb 2013 09:24 in reply to "RE[2]: About Android forking"
steve_s Member since:
2006-01-16

Java is largely irrelevant.

Yes, Android apps are written in Java, however they also make extensive use of Android APIs and are completely reliant upon them.

An app written for Android cannot be easily ported to another OS that uses Java because the Android APIs are not available.

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RE[3]: About Android forking
by dragos.pop on Wed 27th Feb 2013 13:00 in reply to "RE[2]: About Android forking"
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2010-01-08

Android does not have a license for java because it does not use JVM. It was a process about this (Google vs Oracle), and google won. The result is that google and others can use there own implementation of java.

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