Originally Posted by epdm2be
Again the term "open" is wrongly understood.
Android is indeed "open". It's open to manufacturers, NOT open to end-users!
Manufacturers can customize it, add or substract software and even modify it. But you (and me) as end-users may NOT!
Sure if we hack it then we CAN. But that doesn't mean that LG, or anyone else for that matter, likes it.
There's also a flipside: What if you mess up your device?
Then who's gonna fix it? LG? The store where you bought it? The telco? And provided they find someone who will fix it, must it be under warranty?
By locking the device down they revoke their warranty and put the responsibility on you. You hacked it, you broke it, you messed up, you gonna pay to repair it!
Don't get me wrong. I applaud the efforts done by the end-user community to improve devices. Especially when many manufacturers don't take their responsability to fix some o/t problems they created. But we must understand what "open" really mean. We can't complain to LG, HTC, Sony or Samsung for not letting us do this. In fact I don't understand why this community work closer with manufacturers. Help them solve some of their problems.
For instance has the creator of the LG Notification program contacted LG about this and perhaps pursue them to use that program as a solution to the notification problem on LG-devices? The program is free anyway, so why not ask LG to implement it in every device. Or even improve it too. That way we don't need to hack/root our devices for such trivial things as LG itself can distribute the tool as an update for ALL customers (not just the xda-members).
Just my thought on the matter.
I am not really sure how the law is correctly stating that is why I said spirit. linux and android source is available for download for everyone not just manufacturers.
About the notification program, LG is a extremely large company and it is their job to look for things like that and contact and reward ambitious developers.
At least they make good refrigerators
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