Google puts the Lockdown on its Android Mobile Operating System

We all love out Android devices, whether you’re a manufacturer, carrier, developer, or consumer. Anyone that was able to get their hands on the Android code were very happy that they could do as they wish with it. But is seems the search giant Google is putting a few shackles on its mobile device operating system, Android. Google is starting to discriminate more as to what can be done with their os.

Originally Google would exclaim that they are the “open source” platform, unlike their competitors iPhone with its iOS, and RIM and its BlackBerry devices. Due to this open operating system from Google, mobile device manufacturer, carriers, and developers have had a field day with it. What are your thoughts of the fact that Google is cracking down, and putting more control on their Android OS? Let us know in the comments.

[via businessweek]

  • J Damon Brown

    2011… Year of the Evil Bastards?

  • Jaime Jimmy Ramirez


  • Thorpeland

    Actually from what I’ve read they’re not doing anything “new”. They’re simply, finally, enforcing the rules they set in the beginning. Which is a good idea and long overdue. Carriers are making Android look bad with all their custom skins and bloatware.

  • birbeck

    As I understand it, with the exception of Honeycomb, the source is still open source and anyone is free to download and hack it as they choose, but Google will be restricting what modifications may be done to the OS to receive certification (ie, get official google apps and market access). It must be noted though, that these clauses have always been there, but OEMs ignored it and Google didn’t enforce it. I think for restrictive terms for certifying devices is a good thing, because some oems don’t report the correct hardware id’s or capabilities which application manifests rely on for compatibility and thus what causes “fragmentation” of the market.

    While custom skins are annoying and tasteless, it is a vital ingredient to customizing devices and making them stand out from the crowd and the key to OEMs adoption and the overall success of Android. As long as the modifications do not break software, or do not allow for replacing the modifications with official or third-party sources then it is a win for everyone.

  • DarkDvr

    Is this a joke?? This article has NO CONCRETE facts at all. WHAT shackles? WHAT lockdown? Mumbling in written form.

    Is this a bad April Fools joke?

  • krez

    Must be one of those 12 people who like Blur.

  • vivek

    I hope they are also moving towards closing source. How many people really check the source code of Android and say it is open source.
    Lot of doubts arises on this.

  • zaiger

    Hopefully this means the death of custom UI’s.

  • Dan

    Hopefully this will stop the likes of Samsung and Verizon repeating the “bait and switch” tactics they used to con thousands of customers into buying the Samsung Fascinate – promissing an “imminent update” to the Android 2.2 OS then completely ignoring those same customers requests for that upgrade. Now the rest of the world is talking about Gingerbread (2.3) and beyond while US Fascinate users are left in the cold. #Froyogate

  • Justin

    This article has no details or facts. I personally do not care what they do as long as I’m able to install custom ROMS on my devices.

  • Hyderabadi Singh

    Actually, it was one of Google’s many April Fool’s jokes. Funny that this blog and its readers took it so seriously.