Thanks Meter 56
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
I wouldn't be shocked if Google had their hands in the cookie jar as well...that's why they're keeping a hush-hush on the issue.
Sure, android is "open source," but who will the manufacturers call for support? Google.
So support is free, right? Nah, Google probably charge for licensing fee (of the brand Google) and probably support fee, etc. to manufacturers.
This is nothing more than some backdoor wheelin' and dealin' where everyone (both google and mfgrs) reap the benefits of the so-called "open source" OS. Google make some money from manufacturers for the support of the OS and manufacturers make some nice dough in return by forcing/imposing phantom fees through carriers for OS updates (and carriers get their money by nickel-n-diming customers on different tier plan and features). From the end-user perspective, everything should be free, but Google and manufacturers have thousands of mouths to feed and I'm sure their R&D isn't done through charity work.