[QUOTE=Gucko;7355627]I think any Android device should be the openest phone, right?[/QUOTE]
aaaaaant . . . WRONG!!!!!
FACT - Although the Android OS is based on Linux any and all Android devices that you can purchase on the mainstream market (aka HTC G1,MY TOUCH, DROID, NEXUS ONE ect) are locked by default and you the owner and user of the device are not given root access.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? - You know all the cool SUDO commands (you know those things you type into the terminal to fix problems and install cool hacks and apps that didn’t make it into the Ubuntu App store yet?)
Yea those will not work on any Android/Linux OS device without major alterations (aka rooting or jail breaking the device)
That is why Firefox’s mobile web browser “Fennec” is not available for any Android device despite the fact that it is Linux compatible and can even run on any Ubuntu desktop.
When you buy a Nokia N900 your Maemo/Linux OS is rooted by default which means you can run and install virtually any APP you can get your hands on.
Their is even Pidgin for Maemo OS (in case you didn’t know Pidgin is an instant messaging client that allows you to manage multiple services at once – Everything from AIM to MSN – Grab it for FREE from the Ubuntu App store or at http://www.pidgin.im/)
FACT - Although Google claims that the Android OS is “Open Source” that did not stop Google’s Lawyers from sending a “cease and desist” Letter to Android developer Cyanogen.
Cyanogen is one of the leading “INDEPENDENT” (aka not employed by Google and working solely to inprove the android OS for FREE) developers who contributes DISTROS (distributions of the OS or ROMS as they are call in the mobile world) of the Android OS custom built to make your Android Devices Work and Perform at it’s BEST. Cyanogen Mod is easily the most popular custom Android rom with over 30,000 active users.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? - While Google’s Legal claims where over stock apps such as G-Mail and the Android App Download Center, this brings Google Inc’s two-faced spirit of OPENNESS into the light of day. Simular to moves made my Apple with the iPhone – Google want to heavily control the applications you are able to run on your device. Worse than Apple they use the CLAIM of open source to get developers involved in fixing and finding bugs in the OS and creating FREE & OPEN SOURCE applications for the Android App Store, when in reality Google isn’t for openness – They are against it!
Their are plenty of reasons why you might find that the Android/Linux OS is better than Maemo aka seamlessly integrates with all of your Google Account Services (go figure) more apps in the app store, ect.
Just as their are tons of reasons why you might find that the Maemo/Linux OS is better than Android aka built-in mobile Firefox,FULL in page Adobe FLASH 9 (not just a youtube APP), Two Camera’s for Skype Video Chatting, it’s a real computer in your pocket!!!
The point is that if Google Android is going to win the race for best mobile OS it is definitely not going to be for OPENNESS!!! I personally do not own a Nokia N900 but I have been reading up about it for the past couple of days and must say the high price tag is very tempting. I have owned a HTC G1 for the past year and Although I have found it extremely buggy when multi-tasking, I have been quite happy with it. I recently sold my G1 on ebay and I am on the Market for a Nokia N900.(4 years ago)
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