Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary


When building software, it’s great to be Open Source until it isn’t. In early days of a project where time is of the essence, as when Google (s goog) scrambled to get into mobile to catch up with Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone, opening up makes for better software faster. But, what happens when you win? Ars Technica has a great report about Google’s introduction of proprietary apps that replace Android Open Source Project apps — essentially cutting off company-enacted updates to the Open Source material. It’s an ingenious, if slightly conniving, way to keep competitors from swiping the platform.

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