Originally Posted by Aquatic
They said right in that article they are withholding it for technical reasons. They don't want developers putting out unpolished apps on it. It needs to be tweaked for running on phones. I mean maybe they are lying. But I kind of doubt it. Why jump the gun John. B?
Andy Rubin, who heads up the entire Android effort for Google, said in his famous first tweet
that Google's definition of "open" was that anyone
could compile the Android source themselves self in a matter of a handful of commands:
the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make”
So this isn't some esoteric test we're unfairly expecting Android to meet, this is the head of the entire Android
effort defining the litmus test for "open"... For themselves and everyone else (cough, cough, Apple, cough)
to be compared to.
Then this morning
I got wind of the fact that Google might be withholding the source code for the Android tablet OS indefinitely.
I had heard it was to prevent the Google-less forks of Android (the Chinese forks of Android and the rumored Facebook phone) from getting early access to the source for their tablet tweeks.
BusinessInsider is saying that it's to prevent Google's own development "community" from loading the blessed
Android tablet OS on uncouth
Android phone hardware. (Ignoring the fact that ROM locks by the wireless companies prevent 99.9999% of Android phone owners from using Andy Rubin's famous make
script to actually load a custom Android build on their phones.)
In the end, it doesn't matter which reason is true. Google built an "open" litmus test that they themselves failed today.
And what do I get for scooping BusinessInsider by four hours on this? I get called an idiot on AI forums by people who claim that it's me
that doesn't understand what "open" is...