London-based research guys, VisionMobile, have conducted a study into the openness of open source mobile projects, and Android didn’t fare particularly well.
In fact, out of eight – the others being Eclipse, the Linux kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, Symbian (prior to becoming closed) and WebKit – Android came in last. Eek.
An “open governance index” was assigned to each, taking into account inclusiveness, transparency, and ease of access to the source code.
Eclipse took pole position with a final rating of 84%, while the rest managed 58% or above. Er, other than Android, which lagged behind with an embarrassing 23%.
VisionMobile cites the key problems with Android as Google's "unilateral Android project decision-making processes" and "closed contributions process model."
"Visibility to the roadmap is limited, as there is no Android roadmap publicly available. In fact, development of the Android private branch and the roadmap is controlled by Google, with little input from external parties or the Open Handset Alliance members," says the report.
"When launched, the Open Handset Alliance served the purpose of a public industry endorsement for Android. Today, however, the OHA serves little purpose besides a stamp of approval for OHA members; there is no formal legal entity, no communication processes for members nor frequent member meetings."
Ouch. You can download the full 45-page report from the VisionMobile website.
via: Ars Technica