Requiring stock Android would violate the principle of open source, says Google’s Schmidt

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.

Are custom UIs good for Android? Tell us what you think in the comments.

[via Engadget]

  • Fender

    I don’t mind custom UIs, but exclusive apps and bloatware bug me.

  • http://www.dolphinfree.net tenkely

    Grrrr… All I want is the option to change from any custom UI Android phone to stock UI. Just give me a choice to do so!

    (and if you say root it or do a custom ROM, you’re an idiot and are missing the point) ;)

  • http://www.whatswrongwithit.net John

    Require to run stock android NO.
    Require to be COMPATIBLE with stock android YES.
    Other wise the manufacturer is getting all the benefit of Android being open source and the end user gets screwed.
    Sense UI is a perfect example, sure you can change your home screen/launcher to stock android without rooting, but then you loose functionality.
    The Sense UI widgets are not compatible with stock android or any of the replacement home launchers I have tried. Which means the GPS widget does not work and since it is a system widget it can not be replaced with an equally functional widget from another developer.
    Eric Schmidt is either an idiot, or just doesn’t give a @##$% about the consumers actually using Android.

  • Antoine

    As far as Sense is concerned, just resettings defaults for home application in the phone settings enables the application selection intent.

    I wouldn’t be so sure about the other manufacturers’ layers, ut you can get rid of Sense pretty easily on HTC phones.

  • Draken

    I agree with John. Motorola is a VERY bad example of this behavior.