vbence added a topic in Android General DiscussionA worthy manufacturerHi,
I just plan to buy some Android hardware. Originally I thought a phone would be best, but seeing tablets start from $99, I just can not imagine how throwing in a GSM raido triples the cost, as phones start form around $250...
Anyway... as 2.3 comes out and most manufacturers do not even bother to upgrade their products to 2.2 a question arises: Is there any manufacturer who has their firmware open-sourced, so the community would not need to get the compiled drivers form some similar phones?
And is there any such phone accepted by a decent developer community, who bother to recompile and push out upgrades regularly?
I'm new with Android, but I have some miles in my boots as a developer. I just don't understand why the 2.2 -> 2.3 upgrade is such a painful process. Android itself is open-sourced AFAIK, and I don't think the new version requires the individual drivers to change their API-s significantly (correct me if I'm wrong). The only obstacle I can think of comes from the closed-source nature of drivers provided by manufacturers (such as LG or Samsung).
Any suggestion is welcome.
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