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Google’s Android is both open as well as closed

Google’s Android is both open as well as closed
There has been a lot of recent misinformation doing its rounds about the Android platform and the role that Google plays in supporting the ecosystem. But Google’s Android boss, Andy Rubin, doesn’t seem to think so. In an attempt to set the record straight, Andy wrote on Google’s blog last week in response to the latest stories that suggest that Google was intentionally restricting the openness of its platform. However, Andy says that Google has always been committed to developing an open platform for the mobile industry.

But if Rubin’s claims of commitment and dedication are to be taken seriously, it is important to first note that many of Google’s own partners are beginning to show signs of uncertainty and doubt. In a recent edition, Google’s engineering directors, Alberto Savoia and Patrick Copeland, were seen to tell the world that Android is both an open as well as closed platform.

Google has plenty of projects that follow an open or a closed model, and some others that do not fit any of these stereotypes. Android and the Chrome OS are examples of permeable interfaces and are defined as open on the surface. However, both these platforms keep surprising the community and are hence, open as well as closed depending on the current business needs.