★ Then Welcome to Android

★ Then Welcome to Android:

Google vice-president for engineering Vic Gundotra, on-stage at the I/O developer conference in May, regarding why Google created Android:

If Google didn’t act, it faced a draconian future where one
man, one phone, one carrier were our choice. That’s a future we
don’t want.

Skyhook Wireless, in their “complaint and jury demand” filed against Google yesterday (I’m hosting a copy of their entire filing (PDF), and I highly recommend you read it — it’s not long, and is written in pretty straightforward plain language), regarding Google’s control over which devices have access to the Android Market:

22. Google’s established practice in determining Android
compliance consists of two steps. The first step requires each
Android-enabled device, and its embedded software, to be run
against the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), a software-based
test platform that objectively evaluates whether the device
and software are compatible with the published Android
specifications. The second step involves a review of the
device and software based on an amorphous outline of
additional, non-standardized requirements known as the
Compliance Definition Document (CDD). This entirely subjective
review, conducted solely by Google employees with ultimate
authority to interpret the scope and meaning of the CDD as
they see fit, effectively gives Google the ability to
arbitrarily deem any software, feature or function
“non-compatible” with the CDD.

23. On information and belief, Google has notified OEMs that they
will need to use Google Location Service, either as a condition
of the Android OS-OEM contract or as a condition of the Google
Apps contract between Google and each OEM. Though Google
claims the Android OS is open source, by requiring OEMs to use
Google Location Service, an application that is inextricably
bundled with the OS level framework, Google is effectively
creating a closed system with respect to location positioning.
Google’s manipulation suggests that the true purpose of
Android is, or has become, to ensure that “no industry player
can restrict or control the innovations of any other”, unless
it is Google.

Vic Gundotra, at I/O:

If you believe in openness, if you believe in choice, if you
believe in innovation from everyone, then welcome to Android.

[I’ve really got nothing to add. It should be no surprise that Google the enterprise acts like an enterprise. Just keep it mind when you use their “free” services. If a service is free, then you are the product. And this applies to all companies. Caveat emptor was never so applicable.]
Source: Daring Fireball

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