Open Handset Alliance and the Android environment

As many of you have already acquainted, Google and a bunch of other (some big) corporations have engaged in Open Handset Alliance. This group aims to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience. Together [they] have developed Android™, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.

Although I find this initiative very interesting, I completely disagree when it comes to say that this group is committed to build the “first complete, open and free mobile platform”. Maemo, Moblin, OpenMoko and others exist for some time now and specially Nokia’s Maemo which is, for me, the first truly Linux/OSS powered mobile development platform. It’s complete (4th version on the way). It’s open as in OpenSource. And it’s free as in beer.

Some of you might actually believe that it’s going to be really open in every aspect of the end product, but read the Open Handset Alliance website carefully and you’ll see that you’re wrong.

Anyway, I’ll be there on the November 12th  so I can get my SDK. Just hope it runs on Linux without much hacking.. and now that would be fscking kewl!




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