The "concern" of open-source mobile operating system Android is not far from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's mind. Ramping up investments into a client operating system, Ballmer says the line between a phone and PC operating system is changing.
"Android is not open. It's a marketing label. It's controlled by Google. It's a pretty label but I don't think the use of Linux is synonymous with open and they may have made that mistake of assuming it is" Lee Williams, director, Symbian FoundationMeanwhile Miner, who co-founded Android and is currently Google's VP of mobile, has dismissed claims, highlighting the fact that Google have not kept back any technology within the mobile platform from their competitors. As for the Symbian Foundation's own open-source position, Miner points to the annual membership fee - $1,500 - required to join the Foundation, and as well as the fact that membership isn't open to individuals:
"If you're talking about a platform and the source code isn't completely available for that platform, I would say it's misleading to call that platform open" Rich Miner, VP of mobile, GoogleSymbian Foundation is to be the OS for a number of handsets announced at Mobile World Congress last week, including the Sony Ericsson Idou.