Is the Success of Google’s Android a Threat to Free Software?

Article Source Linux Journal
December 21, 2009, 4:45 am


When Google first announced its Linux-based Android mobile phone platform just over two years ago, many were sceptical. After all, the reasoning went, the world of mobile phones is very different from that of computers. Similar doubts greeted the first Android phone, the HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1), when it appeared last year. But something strange has happened in the last twelve months, with a growing chorus of approval for the Android platform and its phones.

For example, numbers are emerging that suggest that Android has established a real beachhead in the mobile market…


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