YOU KNOW THAT BELIEF that Google was using Android to draw on the strengths of open sourcerers? Well it turns out that is not quite the case.
One of the most prolific developers of Android software, Steve Kondik, has been slapped with a cease and desist order from Google central.
Kondik offers a free, after-market firmware product that bundles closed source Google apps such as Gmail, Market, Talk and Youtube. Dubbed the 'Cyanogen mod', it already has 30,000 users.
The letter orders him to stop distributing the closed source Google apps as these are meant for "Google Experience" devices.
According to Tweaktown, what seems to have gotten up Google's nose is that Cyanogen provides an array of useful functionalities that are not yet in the company's official Android releases. Some of them could never be in official Android releases because they stick it to Google's partners.
Kondik intends to start talks with Google not only to see if he can talk some sense into it but also to find out what it is really worried about.
However the Cyanogen application is not really going to blow the whole Android operation out of the water. Google has had a pretty relaxed attitude about its Android applications. µ
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