Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Feb 2014 23:38 UTC

Another day, another fear-mongering 'Android is closed!'-article at Ars Technica. After Peter Bright's article last week (sharply torn to shreds by Dianne Hackborn), we now have an article with the scary title "New Android OEM licensing terms leak; 'open' comes with a lot of restrictions".

The title itself is already highly misleading, since one, the licensing terms aren't new (they're from early 2011 - that's three years old), and two, they're not licensing terms for Android, but for the suite of Google applications that run atop Android.

This article makes the classic mistake about the nature of Android. It conflates the Android Open Source Project with the suite of optional proprietary Google applications, the GMS. These old, most likely outdated licensing terms cover the Google applications, and not the open source Android platform, which anyone can download, alter, build and ship. Everyone can build a smartphone business based on the Android Open Source Project, which is a complete smartphone operating system.

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by hobgoblin on Fri 14th Feb 2014 00:07 UTC
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And just about the only things from the GMS set i would seriously miss is the Play store (and maybe Maps, but there are likely to be options).

The rest are either fluff, annoying, or not usable outside of USA in the first place (hello big media).

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Exactly. In fact the Google services glue is the only reason I flash Gapps on my phone - otherwise I would go for different set of apps, and practically from the whole set I only use Play store, Hangouts and Maps, albeit only former is something I have no replacement for currently.

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