Pichai saying that #Android is an open platform...for mobile carriers.
Hmm, that sounds about right. open to preinstall any kind of crapware you can and cannot imagine.
@MatejLach how is that different from any other open system (say, GNU/Linux) though?
The difference in my mind is whether something is open for any kind of purpose, (GNU/Linux), or whether there's plenty of handicaps in the system itself, so they're not opposed to not being "open" (Android) - they're specifically targeting carriers for this "openness"
Can GNU/Linux be (mis)used for anything because oh how open it is? Sure.
By default however it does not specifically target carriers and presents itself as a vehicle for their crapware.
The PinePhone for example (GNU/Linux) is way more open than any Android I ever used.
@MatejLach PinePhone is a hardware device; Android is an OS.
You can criticize Android in that it's not as open to users as GNU/Linux (say, it doesn't give you root access by default). But if you're talking openness to vendors, GNU/Linux provides just as much opportunities for the vendor to preinstall crapware — see the whole Canonical/Ubuntu/Amazon/Snap shitshow. So *that* is not a fair critique of Android.
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