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What Counts As Android?

Feb 03, 2011, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Android's open source nature has been a large factor of the mobile OS's success. Although Google generally partners with a single vendor to create a point product for each Android release (Samsung's Nexus S for the recent Gingerbread release or Motorola's Xoom for the upcoming Honeycomb release), the company eventually release each Android version as open source for other manufacturers to implement (and potentially modify) as they see fit, often with input from various carriers that will sell the result handsets or tablets.

"In itself, that process is little more than an extension of the open source tradition. It has, however, led to some challenges for Android as a platform (particularly when it comes to enterprise adoption or approval from IT departments). Since each manufacturer and carrier can modify or skin Android as they see fit, there can be some significant differences from one device or carrier to another. More importantly, this can impact when Android OS updates are provided to customers since they must be vetted by manufacturers for each device and then passed onto carriers for over the air delivery."

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