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The Sad State of Open Source in Android tablets

Jul 26, 2010, 15:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Angus Gratton)

"This year a slew of companies have launched competing Android tablet devices. A lot of rhetoric has been spun about how Android's open source ecosystem gives manufacturers and consumers an advantage.

"Android is open source; it can be liberally extended to incorporate new cutting edge technologies as they emerge. The platform will continue to evolve as the developer community works together to build innovative mobile applications. (Open Handset Alliance)

"Unfortunately, the current crop of Android tablets aren't nurturing open source at all.

"Android Tablets

"With the exception of Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader, a device that isn't even really a tablet, I couldn't find a single tablet manufacturer who was complying with the minimum of their legal open source requirements under GNU GPL."

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