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Roundup: Pundits Not Dreamy About Android

Nov 06, 2007, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])

Tecosystems: Android, the GPL, and Java: The Q's with No A's

"The one I really can't figure out is this: how did Google (and friends) manage to build a 'complete mobile phone software stack' built on the GPL licensed 'open Linux Kernel' that's itself licensed under the 'commercial-friendly' Apache v2 license that protects would-be adopters from the 'from the 'viral infection' problem." Before you ask, yes that's a direct quote, and yes I think using it is an exceptionally poor decision. I expected more from you, Google..."

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Wall Street Journal: Google Phone: A Business-Tech Nightmare Waiting to Happen

"Here's the first thing that will happen when a phone with Google's operating system hits the market: Information-technology departments will ban employees from connecting phones that run Google's operating system to their computers or the corporate network. The reason is that Google's operating system is open, meaning anyone can write software for it. That includes bad guys, who will doubtlessly develop viruses and other malicious code for these phones, which unsuspecting Google phones owners will download. Employees could spread the malicious code to the rest of the company when they synch their phones to their computers or use it to check email..."

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InformationWeek: Google's Android: The Greatest Vaporware Smartphone Ever

"Google's announcement of the new, 'Android' smartphone platform had less substance than a fashion show at a nudist colony. It's a non-existent smartphone, codeless software, and an alliance of major mobile phone players that leaves out most of the major phone vendors.

"And still their stock price went up. Damn, they're good..."

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Underexposed: Will Google Fracture or Unify Mobile Linux?

"Forgive me if I appear a little skeptical here about Google's Open Handset Alliance. By my count, it's the fifth consortium so far to attempt to craft something useful for mobile phones out of Linux and open-source software.

"OHA has by far the highest profile, it's got the most persuasive list of members, and its timing is the best. What's not yet clear is whether the 'Android' work of Google and its allies will unify or further fragment work in the area..."

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