February 11th, 2009

Android: weirder than you think

For the record, I completely agree with Harald Welte. But situation is more complex than "Google is being evil". Actually, it is HTC/T-mobile being evil, with little help of Android licensing.

So... what actually happens is that most of Android is under Apache license; HTC just exercised their right and forked the distribution, without giving their changes back to Google. So the ugly tivo-ization I see is not done by Google... and Google is now re-implementing features done by HTC to turn ADP1 (developer version of t-mobile g1) into useful phone...

Uh uh, I made it to lwn.net. And I have to agree with one comment there: phone without root access is only good for rooting :-).