Everyone who knows Android knows that one of the things that makes the mobile OS so great is that it is open source. That means any company can make a device that runs Android, and no royalties will have to be paid to Google. However, not everything is good about open source. According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Google will not require manufacturers to run Stock, or Vanilla, Android, and instead, will allow them to run custom skins, like Sense UI, and TouchWiz, on their devices.
Whether or not this is a good thing is up to your interpretation. Schmidt points out that if he required companies to run Vanilla Android, it really wouldn’t be open source anymore. Well played, Eric. Well played. Video after the break.
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