Open source sotfware

Google responds to allegations of Android lock-down

Google has responded to reports of growing tension between it and device manufacturers over what many view as Mountain View’s efforts to lock down the Android operating system. With Google requiring that manufacturers gain permission before making alterations or partnerships based on Android, some commentators are claiming that this represents a move towards Apple’s walled garden approach.

Vodafone makes location software open source

Vodafone has announced that it will make its location based services software open source group-wide, following its decision to step back from offering turn-by-turn navigation services. Vodafone acquired Swedish location firm Wayfinder for €26m in December 2008 but revealed in March this year that the unit would cease operations in the face of free offerings from the likes of Nokia and Google.

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