F-Droid: The Android Market That Respects Your RightsAug 28, 2012, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nardi)
Android’s meteoric rise in popularity is due, in no small part, to the fact it is an open source project. Any manufacturer in the world is free to grab the latest Android source code, modify it however they wish, and redistribute it in binary form on their devices. This gave rise to the myriad of modified Android builds we see on devices from manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. Some may call this fragmentation, and others may even call it one of Android’s downfalls, but in truth it is simply how open source works.
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