Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude
It's a real shame, too, because one huge reason Android has enjoyed its boost over Apple was the openness. The more things lock down... well, the less reason people will have to endorse it over an iPhone. A completely bolted down Android phone might have a few advantages like more alternative apps to things (keyboards, cameras, etc), plus a bigger screen, but it's not really a giant difference.
It's ironic that this is happening simultaneously with Google fragmenting the OS into individual apps to make it easier for them to update it rather than being stuck under carriers.
The ironic part is that them making parts of the OS into apps is what kills their own openness. Every time google comes out with a new app it means that the AOSP version, or open source version, never gets updated. Everything they put in the play store is close sourced replacing open sourced. The new nexus launcher is close sourced, the AOSP one will never be updated. Same thing with Hangouts, now AOSP messaging will never be updated.
Google framework services is close sourced and now you need to hook anything into another app like maps data.
Google needs to do it because there's a lot of value in their source obviously. Really I believe it's because of Samsung. They have so much share of android phones now that Google and Samsung are both worried about much each rely on each other. The more stuff Google closes down the more Samsung relies on them.
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