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chsteiger
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join:2003-10-03
Pasadena, TX

What about Android is "Open" Anyway?

Everyone that I know that an Android phone is at the mercy of the cell phone provider (TMO, VZ, ect) for upgrades and so forth... along with some settings... I know Google marketed Android as "Open", but it seems very far from open if you ask me. So if AT&T wants to preinstall branded apps, how is that any different then any other carrier?



Nhatters

join:2004-01-24
Oklahoma City, OK

As far as I know, this one doesn't have the option to install third party apps from unknown sources. Not to mention there aren't really any restrictions in the app store, unlike Apple (see blockage of Google Voice and crippling of Skype). There's also a rooting community with some developers receiving assistant from Google itself.


ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL
reply to chsteiger

said by chsteiger:

Everyone that I know that an Android phone is at the mercy of the cell phone provider (TMO, VZ, ect) for upgrades and so forth... along with some settings... I know Google marketed Android as "Open", but it seems very far from open if you ask me. So if AT&T wants to preinstall branded apps, how is that any different then any other carrier?
Android is open in the sense that anyone can take the OS and customize it to their liking. And that's exactly what AT&T and Moto have done. They modded Android to be as restrictive as they wanted.