Google Puts Android Under Martial Law to Phone Makers
Is Google starting to lose control of it's own offspring? And is closing the Android OS really a good move from an 'open' company?
How open is Google with their Android OS? Apparently, no longer like before. The company has been reported to take drastic measures in keeping Android phone makers at bay, as they withhold the latest versions of the OS from manufacturers who are going too far with Android software tweaks that are not under Google’s rulebook.
Is Google slowly steering away from being ‘open’?
We have Verizon Wireless partnering with Windows, which led to the replacement of Google to Bing as the default search engine for Samsung’s Fascinate. Then we have HTC’s Sense, Motorola’s Motoblur and Samsung’s TouchWiz having their own custom user interface changes. These modifications seem to have caused a nerve to pop on Google executives’ heads, as they hammer down the Android OS on their own turf.
As to what extent will Google keep Android OS’s source codes is still unknown. But reports say that several phone maker executives are already starting to complain. With them being unable to modify or customize the Android OS, it would eventually entail all phone makers not capable of differentiating their products from the competition.
On the bright side though, Google’s move in keeping the Android OS at bay is a good thing for phone users and app developers. With Google being fully able to control their precious green bot, phone users would immediately get the latest version of the Android OS once it becomes available. The app developers, on the other hand, won’t need to worry about decisions if they should make their apps compatible to phone users with lower Android versions (which comprises a significant number of the Android demographic).
It’s one huge step back for the phone makers, and one giant step forward for the phone users and developers.
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