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Report: Tizen flavored handsets from Samsung and DoCoMo to launch in 2013

0. phoneArena 31 Dec 2012, 02:18 posted on

Japan's largest carrier, DoCoMo, and Korean manufacturer Samsung are teaming up to offer handsets powered by the open source Tizen OS which will be released globally at the same time; DoCoMo is the only one of Japan's major carriers not to offer the Apple iPhone and is hoping that Tizen will prove to be a hit...

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posted on 31 Dec 2012, 10:16

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

And you forgot CM were on the verge of being sued by google once upon a time. So google is not completely devoid of being an Evil if need be.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 10:40

24. MeoCao (unregistered)

I don't know about Google suing CM, but I think you demand too much from Google, even saints are not perfect.

As far as I know CM is doing well and Google has no intention to stop them.

Amazon, a big competitor to Google, also can use Android to compete with Google. Amazon apps can be downloaded from Play Store.

Comparing to the rest of the industry I don't think any other company comes close.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 10:27

23. MeoCao (unregistered)

I think you have a differerent definition of open source than the generally accepted one.

This is the definition from Wikipedia:

"Generical, open source refers to a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge, i.e., open."

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 11:06

27. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Is Android GPL'd like Linux kernel?

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 11:18

29. iCandy (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Yes, the ASOP is.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 11:22

31. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Ok the following needs a read (though old article) ... not sure if google has worked around it to escape the allegation nof privatizing LINUX :)


posted on 31 Dec 2012, 11:23

32. iCandy (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

You miss the point of Open Source. Its not that the community has the authority to demand a distribution make changes, but rather that the community may acquire the code of the distribution, make any changes they wish and then offer those modifications within their own distribution. An example is Cyanogen, among others. To this point, Android is Open Source.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 06:52

14. remyrz (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

yea.. I miss my true open NOKIA n900 u_u

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 11:17

28. iCandy (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Honestly, Tizen and Jolla's Sailfish are not and will not be truly Open Source (as in the General Public License). And most certainly BB10 will be even less so. You criticise Android for having elements that are not open source, and this is true. Worst of all, Android does not adhere to the GPL which legally Linux variants must conform to (but who is to enforce?). To uphold the GPL, all software distributed with any Linux variant, whether it is OS tweaks, applications or hardware drivers must also be distributed as Open Source. This is not the case for Android; but nor can it possibly be for Tizen, Jolla's Sailfish or BB10. Hardware drivers for most of the communication hardware and critical 1st and 3rd party apps, think maps, games, facebook, twitter, etc. will not be Open Source anytime soon. And I haven't heard of BB claiming they intend to release BB Messenger's code to the masses, nor, as I'm convinced, will they.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 11:38

33. MeoCao (unregistered)

Can you tell me what elements of Android are not open source? (tks :)

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