[kwlug-disc] I hereby OSS my business idea

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Tue Oct 5 20:39:18 EDT 2010


Android is free.

You only have to pay them if you want to put their apps on it (Gmail client,
Calendar, Google Sky ...), otherwise, it is just open source.

There are many rooted images out there, most of them legal (no Google
unlicensed components in them).

You can even have a device that is only Google-less Android, and then let
the
user install most of the above from the Market.

As for Sony, one may be in the making.

http://www.androidguys.com/2010/06/09/sony-ipad-androidpowered-tablet/
http://hothardware.com/News/Sony-And-Google-Team-Up-For-More-Android-Products-Could-A-Tablet-Be-On-Deck/

Please demo it to the LUG when you get it :-)

On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 8:30 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. <
gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

>  Android's got a connection to Google I think, which makes me all twitchy.
> I've got googlephobia.  But if Sony brings out a table, I'm in for one for
> sure.
>
> On 05/10/10 08:25 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>
> On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 8:15 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. <
> gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
>
>> I mentioned before on the list that I'd like to see a linux version of the
>> ipad/slate/sony tablet/whatever.  I think one of you folks should find a
>> hardware manufacturer to build one that's full of open components, create an
>> online marketplace like apple has (to sell apps, or just make them available
>> for a small download fee) then go on the dragon's den to get some cash to
>> build it all.
>>
>> I'd do it, but I'm too busy.  You should do it because I want an OSS
>> tablet computer.  that's a good reason right?
>>
>
> Already happened, or on its way.
>
> The operating system is called Android (yes, Linux based).
>
> The store is called Android Market. You can browse it using a more friendly
> interface than Google's at this site http://androlib.com/ or this one
> http://www.cyrket.com/
> Skype just added their app to the Market today. There are many thousands
> of apps in there.
>
> There are even other independent markets, e.g. http://slideme.org/
>
> The hardware is on its way, from Samsung (Galaxy Tab), Dell (Streak),
> and others.
>
> What Apple has going for it, from a business point of view, is that they
> control the entire stack (hardware, operating system, and store), and
> they control the quality of apps more than others. They also have less
> variants of hardware/operating systems, where as the Android devices
> are made by many vendors, and each has their own features, quirks,
> extensions to the O.S., ..etc.
>
> I use an Android phone, and love the ecosystem.
> --
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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