what ever happened to being trully open sourceGeneral


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  1. mish147

    mish147 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I think its safe to assume that when everyone got this phone, we all expected one thing, and that's anything goes, but al of a sudden google is preventing anything good from happenin no root access, no firefox because they don't want to write in java. I don't understand why was there so much hype behind this phone that everything goes if they are clearly prevent advances???
     

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  2. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

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    I didn't expect "anything goes". I never expect that from any product or service. It goes against common sense.

    I just expected less restriction and more customization than iPhone. Shop Savvy is the best example of that. iPhone App devs aren't allowed access to the camera. Android Devs are.

    Firefox won't be coming to the Android (or the iPhone) because Mozilla (the owner of Firefox) has no plans at this time to make a version for either Android or iPhone. That's not Google's fault.

    You're mistake was to assume that open source = anarchy. It hasn't ever meant "anything goes" it just means less restrictions. That's always been the case with open source.

    Don't fault google for assumptions that you made.
     
  3. Zinzi

    Zinzi Well-Known Member

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    Well said. You should never make assumptions.
     
  4. mmealman

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    The root access stuff was fixed for security reasons, not because Google doesn't want you to have root access on your phone. And yeah, they're not about to rewrite a web browser that took years to create in Java, which wouldn't work anyway because it'd be too bloated to run on the phone.

    I think there are some parts of the phone that aren't open though, like maybe the firmware? But again, that's probably not Google's fault. They just built the platform. It'll be up to the market(us) to ensure that hardware makers don't abuse it.
     
  5. drustvold

    drustvold Well-Known Member

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    Besides, who really wants firefox? What you want is a good browser, who cares who makes it.

    I've looked the G1 and Android up and down I don't see where any developer could need any additional access. Please correct me if I'm overlooking something.
     

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