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Google’s Rubin: Don’t expect Alliance help if you fragment Android

Google’s Rubin: Don’t expect Alliance help if you fragment Android

Google has struck back at claims that it strong-armed Acer into ditching a collaboration with Alibaba, insisting that the contentious Aliyun platform is not only based on Android but distributes pirated Android apps. Chinese firm Alibaba made loud protests last week, after Acer withdrew launch support for the Aliyun-based CloudMobile A800 smartphone only moments before the handset made its official debut, and accused Google of threatening Acer with Android expulsion. Not so, Google's Andy Rubin says: Alibaba shouldn't expect the support of an Open Handset Alliance (OHA) member if it's not going to be work to be compatible with official Android.

Open webOS beta released today for developers

Open webOS beta released today for developers

The software running HP's now cult-classic TouchPad tablet as well as a range of smartphones has been released as Open webOS beta today. This beta release of the software will have developers able to access it using an Apache 2.0 license, and the development will commence immediately for 3rd party users looking to bring the system back to life after an ill-fated run over the past few years ended with HP cutting off their mobile hardware lineup.

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HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP has disappointed and infuriated webOS device owners with the news that its official Open webOS platform - the open-source reincarnation of Palm's ill-fated OS - will not run on any existing devices. The news, confirmed by the Open webOS team, means those with a TouchPad, Pre, Pixi or other Palm/HP device won't be able to use HP's version of webOS moving forward; the company claims that's because of a lack of driver support for the specific hardware used.

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OUYA team assures pre-hacked units on request

OUYA team assures pre-hacked units on request

The Android-based gaming platform known as OUYA has sent out an update letting both developers and end-users know that they'll not only be given instructions on how to hack their devices, they'll be given alternate software builds as well. This guarantee was initially only made to developers signing up to the development program for the gaming console, but other Kickstarter-friendly users have been assured of the option to root (with instructions) as well. The project known as Ouya has been quite vocal about being "open-source" since they first appeared on the croudfunding site Kickstarter some weeks ago, and now that they've raised many times their original asking amount to get their project in motion, they appear more than willing to continue with their initial promises.

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Ouya aims to rekindle consoles with Android Kickstarter

Ouya aims to rekindle consoles with Android Kickstarter

Console startup Ouya has launched its much-anticipated Kickstarter round, promising free-to-play gaming on a minimalistic and open-source Android box hoping to steal players from phones and tablets. Billed as "a new kind of video game console" and targeting $950,000 through the crowdfunding site, Ouya uses Google's Android OS with a custom controller designed, like the main unit itself, by Yves Behar, and has a target price of just $99.

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Linux architect Linus Torvalds to Nvidia: “F*** You”

Linux architect Linus Torvalds to Nvidia: “F*** You”

During a packed-house discussion with students and developers at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, Linus Torvalds, the chief architect of the Linux kernel, talked for more than an hour about software, hardware, and all the issues faced by developers today. But there are two seconds that markedly stood out more than anything else.

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Project Magenta is ambitious Linux-based mobile OS

Project Magenta is ambitious Linux-based mobile OS

Where most of the excitement exists today when it comes to operating system advancements is not in Windows and Mac. Nope, it's within the intensely competitive space that contains Android and iOS. And just like any strong and exciting segment in the consumer electronics industry, this market is now the target of a new initiative that wants to push its way to the front of the pack.

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TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap has seen some press lately thanks to the inclusion of its maps in iPhoto for iOS. Google has also pioneered free turn-by-turn navigation software on smartphones, a functional that was once dominated by expensive TomTom and Garmin units. Now TomTom has taken to its website to highlight the dangers of open source maps, and the community behind OpenStreetMap is crying foul.

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Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

There's been a relatively large announcement made by Hillcrest Labs tonight in that they've turned their own "Kylo Web Browser for TV" over to the Open Source community. This announcement sets the Mozilla-based TV browser up for open-sourced management for its many features, features such as its ability to work with Mac OS and Windows machines and its ability to work with Freespace-enabled in-air pointing controls. This release will be done with Mozilla Public License (MPL) 2.0 "to enable developers to create new and different versions that extend its features and enables new uses."

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