Study: Android Is Least Open of Open Source Mobile Platforms

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    Aug 05, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    Ars Technica, August 4, 2011

    http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/08/study-android-is-least-open-of-open-source-mobile-platforms.ars
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    Aug 05, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    no surprise.
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    Aug 05, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    LOL. 99% of consumers don't care.
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLOL. 99% of consumers don't care.


    apparently some consumers do... especially those that own android phones. google and the pundits have been touting how the android platform's 'openness' translates (or will translate) into the death of 'closed' platforms (i.e. apple's) because of the 'choice' it brings to consumers. guess not so much in this (small) statistical sample.

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/08/01/survey-iphone-retention-94-vs-android-47/
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    Aug 05, 2011 10:34 AM GMT
    That headline seems misleading since the compared projects are Android, Eclipse, the Linux kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, and WebKIT (and Symbian which is no longer open source). Most people would assume that a comparison of Android would be with iOS and Windows Phone.
    And misleading since AFAIK Firefox is not a mobile platform. I have no idea what Eclipse and Qt is.
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    Aug 05, 2011 11:16 AM GMT
    pre_mortem saidThat headline seems misleading since the compared projects are Android, Eclipse, the Linux kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, and WebKIT (and Symbian which is no longer open source). Most people would assume that a comparison of Android would be with iOS and Windows Phone.
    And misleading since AFAIK Firefox is not a mobile platform. I have no idea what Eclipse and Qt is.

    The comparison with iOS is not relevant to the particular study because it is not an open platform.
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    Aug 05, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    It's the most user friendly out of all those I bet.
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    Aug 05, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    pre_mortem saidThat headline seems misleading since the compared projects are Android, Eclipse, the Linux kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, and WebKIT (and Symbian which is no longer open source). Most people would assume that a comparison of Android would be with iOS and Windows Phone.
    And misleading since AFAIK Firefox is not a mobile platform. I have no idea what Eclipse and Qt is.

    The comparison with iOS is not relevant to the particular study because it is not an open platform.

    But it IS trying to produce a misleading side-conclusion that Android is just as closed as the other mobile platforms. A more savvy reader might not catch that distinction resulting in that incorrect conclusion.

    Additionally, the title of your thread is misleading. You should say: "Android Is Least Open of Open Source Mobile Platforms."

    Since when is Firefox a fully functional mobile platform? To my knowledge Firefox is only a browser. The article headline is obtusely biased, trying to draw grand conclusions through misdirection. I can't help but feel the writer and supporters of the article have an axe to grind with Android.

    My point is, it is important to re-affirm, for any future readers, that remember, this is only comparing Android to other Open Projects.

    So as a side note: compared to the iOS and Windows Phones, Android is still far more open, cause by definition, the core Windows Phone 7 and iOS are both closed platforms.

    I personally am a Windows Phone 7 fan, if that means anything to anyone.
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    Aug 05, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    Studinprogress said... But it IS trying to produce a misleading side-conclusion that Android is just as closed as the other mobile platforms. A more savvy reader might not catch that distinction resulting in that incorrect conclusion.

    Additionally, the title of your thread is misleading. You should say: "Android Is Least Open of Open Source Mobile Platforms."...

    The title for the thread exactly mirrored the title of the article. IMO the title is not misleading. My assumption is that anyone who is concerned with this issue is astute enough to read the title correctly and form their own conclusions based on the article.
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    Aug 05, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    Studinprogress said... But it IS trying to produce a misleading side-conclusion that Android is just as closed as the other mobile platforms. A more savvy reader might not catch that distinction resulting in that incorrect conclusion.

    Additionally, the title of your thread is misleading. You should say: "Android Is Least Open of Open Source Mobile Platforms."...

    The title for the thread exactly mirrored the title of the article. IMO the title is not misleading. My assumption is that anyone who is concerned with this issue is astute enough to read the title correctly and form their own conclusions based on the article.

    Ah well, maybe my faith in humanity is not high enough. I know most people form opinions more off of emotions than raw information. And I personally made an error, I should have said "A less savvy reader," but you knew what I meant.
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    Aug 06, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    xrichx saidLOL. 99% of consumers don't care.


    I wouldn't claim a specific percentage, but I agree that a large majority of average consumers likely don't care. I'm an average consumer, and the only time I care about open source is when I'm looking for free software and doing Google searches on both "open source" and "freeware". The degree to which open source is open is poindexter spiel that will only interest computer geeks. As for Android, I wouldn't like it any less if it were completely proprietary.
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    Aug 06, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidLOL. 99% of consumers don't care.

    I wouldn't claim a specific percentage, but I agree that a large majority of average consumers likely don't care. I'm an average consumer, and the only time I care about open source is when I'm looking for free software and doing Google searches on both "open source" and "freeware". The degree to which open source is open is poindexter spiel that will only interest computer geeks. As for Android, I wouldn't like it any less if it were completely proprietary.

    I was just pulling numbers out of the air. But if consumers really did care about open/closed systems, then no one would be buying Android, iOS, WP7, or BB phones. This is an issue that only neckbeards care about. For the majority of consumers, they only care if a phone has internetz, Facebook, and Angry Birds.
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    Aug 07, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLOL. 99% of consumers don't care.


    99% of consumers have no idea how to use the little "openess" available to them.