VisionMobile, for instance, compared eight different open-source projects including: Android, Qt, Symbian, MeeGo, WebKit, Linux and Eclipse and found that Android scored the lowest rating of them all, a measly 23%. In comparison, the three most open projects were: Eclipse which received an OGI (Open Governance Index) of 84%, followed by Linux (71%) and Apple's very own browser layout engine, WebKit (68%).
However, according to the world's most famous patent expert, Herr Mueller, Android is apparently just as closed as Apple's own iOS, and this is apparently based also on Google's very own statements!
While boasting of how important being open is to innovation and freedom for cusomers, Google is now claiming, according to Herr Mueller, that some aspects of Android, particularly when pertaining to its Nexus line of Android devices, are just as much a trade secret as iOS is and, therefore, just as closed as iOS is!
"Exclusion of Motorola's handsets and tablets would also threaten Android, the only freely adaptable, open-source mobile platform developed and distributed in the U.S. Android's open, generative platform will facilitate the next round of innovations in mobile computing and fuel the U.S. technology sector [...]"
"Unlike Apple's much less flexible iOS, generative platforms such as Android encourage innovation, promote self-expression, and protect individual freedom, providing consumers and industry with substantial value."
And that's my 2 cents 4 this bitterly cold, but wonderfully sunny Monday, April 30, 2012
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