Originally Posted by brooklynite
ok so thats what OPEN SOURCE is? what takes three buttons cd\ in windows takes all this work, internet and a software to do?
I'm sorry to say this, but after talking to a whole bunch of people, including Google folks, and in the relevant IRC channel, I can indeed only conclude that Android's level of "open"-ness rivals only the iPhone, with both Windows Mobile and Symbian being more "open" to whatever you want to do.
And yeah, I do like Windows Mobile. I am not a Microsoft fanboy, but I can honestly say they have offered me and my company a lot of help during development. Still, considering the legacy-based API's, the sometimes buggy libraries and often buggy drivers (I'm talking to you, HTC!), it's apparently still the best anyone can do considering what the developers can and may actually do on the device. I think that's quite a sad state of affairs, especially after Android's hype.
True, Android comes with source - but what good is source if you can't do anything with it? You pretty much have to 'jailbreak' the G1 to do the really interesting
stuff. Do note that this is not completely
Google/OHA's fault - Android is further locked down by T-Mobile than it is out-of-the-box.
Too bad I didn't know this before I ordered my G1 (eBay?). What is comes down to is that Android in it's current public form (the G1) is nothing more than a fancy JavaOS and not revolutionary or more accessable. In other words, useless for people like me.
It suffers from other iPhone like ludicrous stuff too, like applications usually not being really able to run in the background... it will run in the background, until some other app needs the memory or whatever, and is then closed.
I haven't even received my G1 yet I'm already disappointed beyond the level I could have been disappointed with any other phone. At least with the iPhone one knew what they were getting into - closed down crap. Nothing more than you can expect from Apple. The same as you know if you buy a HTC device it will be horribly undersupported, have no FPU, have no 2D acceleration and half the hardware may not be used. This was different though, they actually succeeded in making me think it would be open, modifyable, etc, despite my natural aversion of everything Google has a hand in.
I mean really
, the user being able to do root things is a security issue for people, but trusting all your contacts and mail etc to Google is not? That's not having your priorities straight.
I deem this a fail of epic proportions.