Apparently Google doesn’t like being called a liar in public and Andy Rubin (one of the co-founders) seems to be upset about the “fear, uncertainty and doubt” being spread by the media about Android’s new rules.
Rubin attempts to clarify Google’s position regarding Android, althoughÂ manufacturesÂ may not like what they hear.
We donâ€™t believe in a â€œone size fits allâ€ solution. The Android platform has already spurred the development of hundreds of different types of devices â€“ many of which were not originally contemplated when the platform was first created. Â […]
If someone wishes to market a device as Android-compatible or include Google applications on the device, we do require the device to conform with someÂ basic compatibility requirements. (Official Android Blog)
To Google’s credit, members of the Open Handset Alliance did promise not to fragment Android, so Google (technically) did not perform a “bait and switch” upon carriers or manufactures when launching AndroidÂ publicly a few years ago.
However Google can not claim to be open while running their “anti-fragmentation” campaign, as the former by definition gives everyone the power to alter (or fragment) Android to their hearts content.
Google is trying to have their cake and eat it too by using the open source community to help build up Android, while at the same time embracing a “Windows Phone” philosophy (i.e. force standardizations upon all phones).
While having standards for Android devices is needed for consumers and app developers, Google needs to stop pretending that Android is all about open (as Android is only “more open” than rivals, instead of being purely open source).