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Google Cracks Down on Android Partners, No More 'Willy-Nilly' Tweaking

Google Cracks Down on Android Partners, No More 'Willy-Nilly' Tweaking

Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:31pm by iClarified
Google is reportedly cracking down on Android partners with the message that there will be no more 'willy-nilly' tweaks to the software, according to BusinessWeek.

Google has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system with a message: There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software. No more partnerships formed outside of Google's purview. From now on, companies hoping to receive early access to Google's most up-to-date software will need approval of their plans. And they will seek that approval from Andy Rubin, the head of Google's Android group.

Google has reportedly been demanding that Android licensees abide by "non-fragmentation clauses" that give it the final say on what code tweaks can be made. Rubin says these policies have always been in place; however, BusinessWeek sources say that Google has recently tightened those policies angering many partners including Facebook. The social network had been working to fashion its own version of Android for smartphones; however, is unhappy that Google must approve their tweaks to the operating system.

These actions have reportedly prompted gripes to the Justice Department. Google refused to comment on the matter.

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Person - April 1, 2011 at 2:42am
iPhone jailbreaks are more "open!"
LL - March 31, 2011 at 4:04pm
"Open Source" not really working out huh? Welcome cone the REAL world Google!
DacksMac - March 31, 2011 at 4:18pm
Haha! Exactly
Lee Swain
Lee Swain - March 31, 2011 at 4:20pm
Not sure if you have noticed Android's market share recently... Yeah it's working out fine. But improving the fragmentation issue is still a good thing.
ECOQ - April 1, 2011 at 1:10am
Agree'd The fragmentation was the only thing that was stopping me from getting an android phone. I didn't like the fact that, for a time, a samsung phone for the European countries were 2 generations behind the latest release.
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