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post #11 of 47
I guess it's more open to keep it closed...
BTW how open are its competitors?
I'm pretty sure windows "phone" and iOS are less open then android.
Edited by qwertymac93 - 8/4/11 at 2:32pm
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post #12 of 47
Good. I see nothing bad here. Android as it is in its current state is fine in my opinion. It doesn't need to open more, nor close more, but Google does need to become more strict on what the manufacturers do with it. Google should enforce immediate updates for all Android phones.
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post #13 of 47
It's pretty obvious how closed Android really is when you look at all the cookie cutter tablets hitting the market. Google is at least making efforts to contain the tablet ecosystem. It's a lost cause for Android phones.
 
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post #14 of 47
Quote:
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It's pretty obvious how closed Android really is when you look at all the cookie cutter tablets hitting the market. Google is at least making efforts to contain the tablet ecosystem. It's a lost cause for Android phones.
I think the apparent cookie cutter tablets are more of a comment on the current affordable portable hardware available, and not because of the operating systems available. Besides, I wouldn't call the current tabs out "cookie cutter." So a few current tabs all share the same tegra 2 platform--how many laptops out there share the same cpu and gpu? Tons. It's just the way of things.
    
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post #15 of 47
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I think the apparent cookie cutter tablets are more of a comment on the current affordable portable hardware available, and not because of the operating systems available. Besides, I wouldn't call the current tabs out "cookie cutter." So a few current tabs all share the same tegra 2 platform--how many laptops out there share the same cpu and gpu? Tons. It's just the way of things.
I respectfully disagree on each point.
 
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post #16 of 47
So... they're fake open?
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post #17 of 47
It's difficult to keep it open~ they tried that at launch and ended up getting so many different versions of the phone it couldn't grow. Google is trying to get a tighter leash on this product so that phone companies don't end up boning themselves with phones that can't get updates because they can't keep up with Google due to their own changes.
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Why can't Google lock it down like Apple but offer several different GUIs to choose from? That way, when you buy a Droid, it's a Droid. Not with some different UI. Who cares right? As long as you've got it except it'll be Google giving it to you? Or am I missing something?
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post #19 of 47
It's not worth complaining about this, at least it's more open source than Windows or iOS.
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Why can't Google lock it down like Apple but offer several different GUIs to choose from? That way, when you buy a Droid, it's a Droid. Not with some different UI. Who cares right? As long as you've got it except it'll be Google giving it to you? Or am I missing something?
They work closely with providers to offer them packages and freedom so they can customize their phones to work with their services, their own software incentives and sponsors.

It's a limited form of control that goes beyond the gui. It's not always what we want. Anytime I get an android phone I root, and add a clean streamlined rom to emulate the Google experience~ but for the average user a carrier's services can be a boon to them.

HTCs Sense UI for example goes beyond just being a GUI and is actually a feature packed application in itself. Almost like an entire Linux shell. Many who own HTC devices, even once rooted, resist the idea of changing it because of how useful it is.

Under a more closed format, Sense UI wouldn't even exist. Android however allows for such things to come to fruition.
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