Android more “autocratic” than open source

Android more “autocratic” than open sourceA 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!

via: VisionMobile

Android more “autocratic” than open source

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3 comments

Stelph  Dec. 14, 2011 at 12:43

And this shows exactly the first question I had regarding webOS becoming Open Source, I wonder exactly how "open" it will become and, TBH, which is better in the long run! Being totally open is great as it allows a lot of development and innovation, however I could see it as a real fragmantation risk..

corgi74  Dec. 14, 2011 at 12:52

I could see it as a real fragmantation risk..

Just imagine how fragmented Android would be if it was totally open if it's this bad now? Doesn't bear thinking about

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 15, 2011 at 07:37

"Open source" must not be mistaken for "free software" which must not me mistaken for "freeware".

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