"Google’s mobile platform is the smartest implementation of open source designed for driving commercial agendas." That's what Andreas has to say about Android.
In his latest online posting, Andreas disrobes Google and the Android platform, demonstrating that perhaps Google isn't necessarily the "White Knight" in this battle with Oracle.
How does Google control Android? He provides eight interesting points, which boil down to the following points:
- Private branches
- Closed review process
- Speed of evolution
- Incomplete software
- Gated developer community
- Anti-fragmentation agreement
- Private roadmap
- Android trademark
Of course, each point is elaborated upon in his posting. But don't get the impression that the article is a bash at Google. It's not. But it does help to put the Google mobile platform into some perspective. "The point of the article is not to vilify Google or concoct visions of Darth Vader; but to balance the level of openness hysteria with a reality check on the commercial dynamics of mobile open source."