How does iOS Open Source compare with Andorid Open Source?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by PracticalMac, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    iOS isn't open source in the way you're thinking. Anyone can compile (build) android from the source code to run on just about any device. Google chooses it to be that way - and no, google doesn't exert any control over Android, except for the Nexus line.

    iOS contains bits that are open source - ACC playback, for example. Other bits, too. There isn't enough there, however, to make a bootable OS... or any OS at all I'm afraid.
     
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    Google does, if you want your device to connect to Google Store, but its somewhat minimal.

    Thanks for clarifications.
     
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    Well it's not control, it's licensing. You can do whatever you want to Android (see HTC sense and Samsung's TouchWiz ) Google doesn't approve/disapprove that - they just make you pay a per-device fee.

    OEMs can do whatever they please with the OS.
     

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