Not the Consumers

Who, exactly, is Android “open” to?

Danny Sullivan’s piece on Android being “Clopen”:

Why not, as part of releasing Android, make it a requirement that consumers can easily strip the device of its customized Android OS and install the latest version if they want, directly from Google or any Android OS provider?

When I put this to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt back in 2010, when he was CEO,Schmidt said such a requirement would violate the principle of Android being open source.

This seems to confirm that even Google shares the common views that the carriers and handset makers are the customers of Google Android.

Android needs to be open in such a way that the handset makers and carriers can do whatever they want with it, not the consumers.


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