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Android Market (and other closed-source-but-free Google apps): The Licensing SNAPU
While Android (as an operating system) is great, the real issue is that the cream of Android's app crop almost invariably goes through the Android Market. While great for developers (even shoestring developers), it's not so great for makers of MIDs and NIDs that want to use Android as their OS of choice (especially a MID/NID not tied to a wireless provider; the first MID/NID to have an *authorized* Android Market (the Dell Streak) is linked exclusively to AT&T Mobility. The Augen Gentouch is in hot water (and being pulled) largely due to authorization issues with the Market. How authorization to load the Market on any device works has not been stated by either Google or any of the carriers (let alone any of the handset manufacturers), so I have no idea who insisted on the roadblocks. Even more telling, Android 2.2 (Froyo) does *not* include a Web-accessible version of the Market (instead, you must do so through an app).
What I want to know is - just who insisted on all the additional hoops? Google? The carriers?