Google Is Clamping Down On The Android Open Source Project (ARS Technica)
Google originally launched its mobile device Android Open Source Project in 2007 as a way to package Google mobile services like Maps, Gmail, and others within an open source mobile platform that third-party developers could fork for their mobile devices. Bigger picture, this was also a way for Google, which had zero mobile market share, to fend off the possibility of an Apple mobile monopoly.
Now, Android is the leading mobile computing platform, and Google’s open source policies are turning its own platform against it. The proliferation of open-source Android means the proliferation of millions of generic Android apps that could pass for an entire platform ecosystem on their own. Amazon has already done this with its Kindle Fire apps.
In order to protect its standing, Google must now close the loop on parts of its open source project. Most importantly, it is locking down its Google services and taking back more and more apps under the Google umbrella, including Search, Music, Calendar, and Messaging. Read >
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