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Google Pulls Camera App Out of Android

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Android becoming closed?

Zpike

Apr 16, 2014, 2:21 PM
I think it's no big secret that Android is becoming more and more closed as Google moves key parts of Android into GMS. I'm curious if stripping this camera app out of the Android OS is another such move by Google to make Android less open, or if they plan to continue to offer open camera support in Android.
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gfondeur

Apr 16, 2014, 2:35 PM
It looks like, step by step google it's pulling out keys app from the AOSP
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Zpike

Apr 16, 2014, 2:46 PM
Ya, pretty soon everything will be in GMS and AOSP will be little more than a kernel and a shell. I've been on the Android bandwagon since the onset because it was an open project that promised to tie together all my Google services. But now I'm starting to think maybe another variant of Linux is a better option. Perhaps Canonical has the clout to turn the Unbuntu phone into something useful.
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Bababooey

Apr 16, 2014, 4:16 PM
Bah! With this closed behavior and OEMs encrypting bootloaders, I would LOVE for an Ubuntu phone show what open source really means.
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gfondeur

Apr 16, 2014, 4:30 PM
You right on that, about the new options, I think Firefox and Jolla have the better opportunity, Tizen on the other hand its looks like gonna be dead before take off,
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Vmac39

Apr 17, 2014, 5:29 AM
It's not becoming closed, by separating the functions into apps. They are starting to realize what Microsoft has realized. Having an all inclusive OS, while a novel idea, is more problematic, when you need to update it. You have to do an entire system update, just to correct or enhance features for a specific function, such as, a camera app in this case.

Many people have complained about Microsoft removing the built in ability to post and update to social sites in the People Hub. But, when you have an issue with that particular feature, you then have to push out a system update to fix it. It is much easier for them to update specific apps, than write an entire update for the OS itself, and quicker.

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ButtaKnife

Apr 17, 2014, 11:23 AM
With something like this, there are two perspectives. The first perspective is the more open-source purist one which sees a previously very open platform losing open versions of apps that would otherwise make it a complete platform for free. I completely understand that view, and I feel a sense of loss from it as well, but I also don't think it's a huge blow to AOSP since the AOSP apps for a long time haven't been that great anyway. Anyone building a truly open version of the Android platform could pretty easily find better replacements or let users download apps themselves.

The other perspective is that Google Android is becoming massively better by doing exactly what you described - enabling easier updates of Google's apps using the ...
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