Android Skins, "Crapware" Protected by Open Source Principles, Says Schmidt
September 27, 2010 4:35 AM
comment(s) - last by
Is bloatware protected under the tenants of open source?
Google CEO Eric Schmidt, during a recent Q&A session
Google CEO says it would be violating one of Google's guiding principles to allow users to revert to stock configs
From skins like HTC's Sense UI and
, to the deluge of apps installed on Android phones by carriers and hardware manufacturers, Android phones can be a bit cluttered at times -- much like their PC brethren.
Many customers have wished in vain that there was a single, easy "reset to stock configuration" option, which will revert their phones to a stock build of Android and delete the excess. Not so fast, says
Google CEO Eric Schmidt
Mr. Schmidt, an opinionated figure in the tech industry and part-time evangelist for Google's philosophy, recently explained in a question and answer session why Google
believe this is a good idea. He
, "If we were to put those type of restrictions on an open source product, we'd be violating the principle of open source."
Of course "open source" is as wide and diverse an umbrella as possible in the tech industry, and Mr. Schmidt's definition of open source may be quite different from the next man's.
So other than taking the open source "moral higher ground", why might Google not want to give customers a quicker way to remove OEM/carrier junk? Well one key reason is
. Google gives away Android for free, hoping that the mass adoption will more than make up for the development costs via advertising and app sales. Part of the equation to convince wireless carriers and hardware manufactures to pick Android over a competitor (Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone 7) is allowing them to free modify their custom Android build to their heart's content.
But curiously, despite Mr. Schmidt's statement and the apparent advantages to adoption that not including a "clean build" option brings, Google reportedly will go in quite the opposite direction with
Android 3.0 "Gingerbread"
. Gingerbread will kill off custom OEM skins, replacing them with a single Google-made skin. Of course the carrier-specific apps/junkware will likely remain, but Google's actions definitely show it to be quietly moving in the opposite direction, even as it defends customized deployments.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: It's really quite simple
9/27/2010 9:24:32 AM
Not sure why you get rated down for this Fit. Its true, nobody is forcing you to buy a skinned phone. I bought an Evo, but I happen to like SenseUI. If you don't, then don't buy one, or do, but realize you may have to root it to reskin it totally. Which, honestly, is not very hard on an Android phone, and many would argue that google doesn't mind it being that way for just this reason.
Open source cuts both ways... they can easily put what they want on the phone they sell you, but you can also pretty easily take it back off. If you really don't want it there, and really don't want to root your phone, then you probably just should get a different phone. Voting with your dollars is the proper response if you disagree with a company that stringently.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
MOTOBLUR Will Slowly Fade Away
August 10, 2010, 7:41 AM
Report: Android is New Smartphone Market Leader; Passes Apple, RIM
August 2, 2010, 1:01 PM
Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" Launches Q4, Will Kill Off OEM UI "Skins"
June 30, 2010, 2:37 PM
Schmidt: 65K Android Smartphones Shipped Per Day
May 14, 2010, 6:35 AM
India Could Rock Google With Its Biggest Antitrust Fine Yet -- $5B USD
March 10, 2014, 8:12 PM
Apple Releases iOS 7.1, The First Major Update to Its "Rethought" Mobile OS
March 10, 2014, 1:52 PM
BlackBerry CEO Jokes that iPhone Users are "Wall Huggers"
March 10, 2014, 12:20 PM
Average Mobile Phone Bill in U.S. is Growing Despite Competition
March 10, 2014, 10:25 AM
Aussie Tried to Drop Drugs into a Prison Using an Aerial Drone
March 10, 2014, 9:32 AM
Quick Note: New Generation HTC One (M8) Photos Turn Up on Weibo
March 10, 2014, 9:04 AM
Most Popular Articles
Bitcoin King Pt. II: Mt. Gox's Dictator Karpelès Proves Tragically Flawed
March 7, 2014, 1:12 PM
Bitcoin King: Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpelès' History of Arrests, Firings
March 5, 2014, 9:05 AM
USAF Moves Forward With Long Range Bomber Program Despite Budget Crunch
March 4, 2014, 9:44 AM
Windows 8.1 Update 1 Leaked Early
March 7, 2014, 9:30 AM
Apple Won't Let UK Sons Unlock Their Deceased Mother's iPad
March 6, 2014, 12:44 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
Is The Period Becoming an Expression of Anger?
Nov 26, 2013, 2:02 PM
NSA and Congress -- You Will Never Kill the Constitution, It's an Idea
Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information