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Open means something different at Google

pcause (209643) writes | more than 3 years ago


pcause (209643) writes "Google says that they aren't making Honeycomb available to outside devs. Guess they are committed to being open as they define open at any given moment."
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Um... (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 3 years ago | (#35603866)

When was "It's not ready for release yet" equal to "We'll never give it to you, hahahaha!" - Answer, when someone with an axe to grind wants to spin it negatively.

Re:Um... (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 3 years ago | (#35604204)

The definition of open: []

mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git:// ; repo sync ; make

"Not ready for release" in the context of an open-source project has no meaning, it's something they've made up to give them cover.

Re:Um... (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 3 years ago | (#35604480)

And that's YOUR spin on it, which contrasts with THEIR spin on it that they aren't ready for it to be released in the wild yet because it still needs fixing for the device category that it wasn't designed for and they don't want to kill the brand by letting it out the door broken, only for cheap manufacturers to push it out as is and blame Google if it doesn't work.

My spin on it matches theirs. Because I get that Open doesn't mean "Immediate access the day it was conceived".

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35604936)

Open is a stupid marketing buzzword in tech circles. The Android platform has never been truly open. Not providing the sources to Honeycomb to outside devs *at this time* doesn't really change the status quo. Android is still the *most* open platform actually in use. (Sorry, Meego.)

Sure, you can pull Android sources down from a git repository but you've still got to deal with locked-down hardware from certain manufacturers that may not be bypassed on unpopular models or obscure world market variants, proprietary non re-distributable apps+services like Android Marketplace and manufacturer or customisations, or carriers disabling your ability to sideload apps (AT&T).

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