A few months ago I scribbled about a report from London dudes VisionMobile, in which they compared the openness of eight open source mobile projects. Of the eight, Android came – wait for it – last.
Now the 45-page report has been compressed into an easy-to-digest infographic, complete with lots of interesting little notes and stuff.
The eight projects were assigned a governance index based on Access, Development, Derivatives and Community. Here’s how they ranked:
- Eclipse – 84%
- Linux – 71%
- WebKit – 68%
- Mozilla – 65%
- MeeGo – 61%
- Symbian – 58%
- Qt – 58%
- Android – 23%
The infographic notes: “Android is the only mainstream mobile open source project that does not freely provide source code access to all developers at the same time.
“Android development happens behind closed doors with only two OEMs and software/hardware partners selected by Google. Only at the end of the 6-9 month development cycle is the source code cleaned up and released to the public.”
Damn straight. And a whole other bunch of interesting stuff.
You know what? Rather than me converting the infographic back into a 45-page report, I’m gonna fire it in right here. Boom!