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
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.