Is Google Faking the Open-Source Funk?
Some folks are claiming that Google is faking the open-source funk by not being as open as it could be about Android.LONDON-Some folks are claiming that Google is faking the open-source funk. OK, it's a lot to say, really. Because for all the open-source software Google has helped put forth, it's a bit of a stretch to imply that the company is faking it. But Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation, which is in charge of advancing the development and the open-sourcing of the Symbian OS, has basically called Google out for not being as open as the company could be about its Android operating system.
It's not the first time and it won't be the last that Google's been knocked about its policies regarding openness of certain technologies or strategies-policies, by the way, that certain other companies (like Microsoft!) would be blasted for straightaway.
"First and foremost the goal of a Google system would be to create a situation where you have information about the user and the use of those apps," said Williams. "Secondarily," he added, "it would be to cookie them, so that you get that unique identifier association with the data you've collected on the individual's habits, routines, and so on and so forth so that you can target apps toward them. So you can build more intelligent cloud-based apps for them."In that same interview, Williams called Apple "greedy" and questioned why Google would even need to mention not being evil in its motto. Sounds like an old-fashioned Parliament Funkadelic call-out for Google to "Give Up the Funk" or to come clean or "come correct." Or is Williams just "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing," as James Brown said? It's clear Williams is doing a little more than just talking smack. Indeed, the points Williams raises are not new, and he is not alone in thinking and saying this. But he is alone in being at the helm of a very large ship that sees a fast-moving Android OS gathering steam in its wake. And rather than sit idly by, Williams is calling them out sooner rather than later.