Andoid is open source. You can create a phone with this source code.
But you can not use some services from Google. You can not install some application from Google, which is not open source, closed source. Those applications are:
- GMail, Google Maps, Android Market, Google sync, etc.
- Even you copy above application into Open Source version of Android, some of them do not work. Because few features are missing for them to work.
- Android Market is very important because it is the place to download application. There are 10,000 applications registered.
If you have Nokia phone, or Windows mobile phone, you can install Google Maps. But you can not install Google Maps on Indian HTC Magic. Why?
To have Google Applications on Android, it need licence and fee which either has to be paid by manufacture like HTC or venders like Airtel.Reads:371
Posted: November 24th, 2009 under Android.