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Will the ROM and Kernel sources be released?

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By nitrobg, Senior Member on 26th April 2014, 11:18 AM
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27th April 2014, 05:54 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by ccarr313

The rom and kernel HAVE to be open source. Apps don't. End of story. If they do not release the source, google can sue the holy living hell out of them and make them wish they never stepped up.

Wrong. Only the kernel and small parts of the firmware package have to be open source.

The majority of Android isn't GPL - it's Apache.
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29th April 2014, 05:14 PM |#12  
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Entropy512 is right.

Guys, seriously, everything is explained even on Wikipedia:


The source code for Android is open source. Google publishes most of the code (including network and telephony stacks) under the non-copyleft Apache License version 2.0. which allows modification and redistribution.

Therefore, the original question by nitrobg is interesting indeed.
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Oppo used to give free the sources for their devices, so that should be fine.
Asking this question is relevant because a lot of the chinese companies don't, however that is mostly because of the not so GPL compliant MediaTek.
30th April 2014, 03:48 AM |#14  
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Originally Posted by xenix96

Android is open source...
So you ever saw cm without source?

Even samsung htc and such have to release the sources cause of GPL.


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Android is open source.
Touchwiz and sense are closed source for the same reasons why parts of the OnePlus firmware are closed source.
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