Google Tightening Grip on Android - Less Open, "Open Source"

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  1. VannMann

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    And you are putting words in my mouth, I never said anything about "Gingerbread". Simply said that I rooted and ROMed my sisters phone. Some of the roms , have it be 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3 are way faster and more stable than what HTC put out currently for the eris.
     
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    So many people assume this means OS overlays like Blur and Sense are going away. They're not, Google just has to sign off on them. That means that no super crappy slow UI overlays are a detriment to the OS as a whole (lag, killing features, etc...). This will mostly affect import 3rd party crap-tablets and handsets with their own custom UI that makes Android look bad. (things like the FlyTouch II)
    Overlays like Sense will still be around because although they do slow down the android OS update process a bit, they could be widely considered a benefit to android (HTC Sense is nice and smooth, improves performance in some cases, ADDS features that are wanted, etc.). I do hope that they crack down on Blur and make it more smooth and better looking.

    I do agree that the best way to do UI overlays would be a downloadable theme from the manufacturers, but then Motorola would have no way to shoehorn their Sh*t on their devices.

    UI overlays will still exist, they just have to kiss Google butt first.
     
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    Cmon google... isn't it a little early for april fools jokes??? :(

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    i think this is just an over-reaction to the delay in the honeycomb source release. the source code WILL be released as far as i understand, just not quite yet...
     
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    not that big of a deal....
     
  6. Hugh Jass

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    I'm deeming this a good thing, but I fear in the future it might spill over into also controlling root access and individual developers as well once they have the market by the throat, and that is frightening to me.
     
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    I think now that Android is on top, Google is taking measures to keep it that way. I trust the philosophy of the company to handle it (mostly) ok. They will never be as controlling as Apple is on this. They need to keep the standards up. I am sure Blu and Sense and Touchwiz will be untouched, but as long as they do their best to rid Android of the lowest end overly's on these unknown tablets, and try to keep the OS up to date as possible for their carriers and keep Bing out of the picture (that might be hard one I can see MS fighting all the way), then the future looks bright for Android.

    I do NOT use it because it is open source.
     
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    In all honesty, I think it will go the other way around. More of the hardware will be unlocked. Google knows people like us like that and they don't care what you do with your phone either. So they most likely would keep that with all devices just to be a little more of a selling point.
     
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    100% agree. Google does not care about alienating (or not alienating) the developing community. If anything, they probably enjoy what they do. That is after the fact. And a SMALL percentage of sales. They are only worried about the commercial image of Google and what the crap manufacturers/carriers are doing with it.
     
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    Exactly my point. In order to run a newer OS you had to push your current hardware BEYOND it's designed and tested limits. No phone manufacturer is going to clock their processor beyond it's specified maximum clock rate so you can run an OS which is not supported by the hardware. Again, the Eris would not get the update with or without this change by Google.
     
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    So Google is becoming more like Apple!!:mad:
     
  12. Hugh Jass

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    You all fail to acknowledge that Google is under tremendous pressure from the carriers, it's not just them because they don't control the final product. Verizon for instance is out to make money, and people like us who make devices last far longer than actually designed undercuts their profits because you're not pressured to move to another device. Right now it's not very popular to root, but in the future it might be and could contribute to quite a bit of limited profits in the long term for carriers who can't push new models as easily.

    Just imagine if the D1 was never rooted...90% of us using the D1 on this forum most likely would have moved to another device months ago, I know I would have.
     
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