"At least, that seems to be the reaction of those in the mobile
phone industry, few of whom have nice things to say about the
Google-powered initiative to get a common Linux platform into the
pockets of the populace.
"And the criticisms are reasonable. There have been lots of
Linux initiatives in the past; none has prevailed. If the upper
layers of Android aren't properly open--you can keep your secrets
while using other people's code--then who'll play? What about
support? Why launch without so much as a demo? Those who are
closest to existing mobile Linux projects are among the most
disparaging, while Symbian is putting on a fine show of not being
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