Google makes a big deal of its “don't be evil” motto, while Android is forever being touted as the open-source mobile OS.
Yet internal emails that have emerged through a lawsuit against the Big G paint a slightly different picture of Android – one of a platform that gives preferential treatment to those that play along with Google's wishes.
Chances are you've never heard of Skyhook Wireless, but it's certainly finding itself in the spotlight now. The company is suing Google for allegedly interfering with a contract which placed its services on Motorola Android phones.
As par of the case being heard at a Massachusetts state court, the company has made public several internal emails in a bid to prove that the Android team effectively forces companies to do things its way by providing sub-standard support if they don't.
One email, from Android open-source and compatibility program manager Dan Morrill, says openly: “we are using compatibility as a club to make them do things we want.”
In other words, do things our way and we'll reward you with key advantages; do things any other way and your rivals will be given preferential treatment. Not quite the “open” picture of Android Google works so hard to portray from the outside...