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HTC Willfully Violates the GPL in T-Mobile's New G2 Android Phone

Oct 12, 2010, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Schultze)

"Last week, the hottest new Android-based phone arrived on the doorstep of thousands of expectant T-Mobile customers. What didn't arrive with the G2 was the source code that runs the heart of the device -- a customized Linux kernel. Android has been hailed as an open platform in the midst of other highly locked-down systems, but as it makes its way out of the Google source repository and into devices this vision has repeatedly hit speedbumps. Last year, I blogged about one such issue, and to their credit Google sorted out a solution. This has ultimately been to everyone's benefit, because the modified versions of the OS have routinely enabled software applications that the stock versions haven't supported (not to mention improved reliability and speed).

"When the G2 arrived, modders were eager to get to work. First, they had to overcome one of the common hurdles to getting anything installed -- the "jailbreak". Although the core operating system is open source, phone manufacturers and carriers have placed artificial restrictions on the ability to modify the basic system files"

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