Since the start, Android has always been on the forefront of becoming the largest open source OS. This was to give manufacturers the chance to skin the platform. But, now it seems to be changing.
During the last month, sources have provided us information that all is about to change to the way that Google has regulated their Android operating system. Although this change may not affect us in our everyday lives, we will see changes in the skins that are on the devices; Just like the sense UI from HTC or the integration in Motorola’s MotoBlur.
So, how does that impact you?
The answer is simply, the integration of these skins that are provided by the companies allows the devices to become personal in our lives. The type of integration maybe suited to your business life or your home life.
My thoughts on Google at the moment are really to do with; why are they look at this perspective of their platform? I personally feel that they should focus on improving and regulating the applications submitted in the Andoid market. If you remember back to the case, a couple of months back, where there were malicious apps located in the Android market. We could see more threat from that then from manufacturer’s skinning devices that run Android. It’s insane to think that Google is beginning to close off the open source platform that was once said by Andy Rubin (Co-founder of Android) that the operating system could be changed and modified in every way possible. Skinning of devices makes each company different to everyone else. If this wasn’t possible, there would be no chance that the sales of Android devices would be dominating the market like today.
So, to close off this situation, i should simply conclude that Google is trying to gain control of it’s platform the wrong way. i think they should focus on their issues with the openness of the Android market not the manufacturers.