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Android security benefits from culture of openness

The fact that Android, at the end of the development process, is an open source product might be lost on end users, but that open nature does have benefits that trickle down even to those that don't make use of custom ROMs based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). In particular, this culture of openness, sharing, and cooperation has hardened and continues to improve the Android platform's security.

Motorola’s Project Ara modular smartphones tap 3D Systems for manufacturing

The idea of easily upgradeable smartphones isn't an entirely new topic. We have seen a project from Phonebloks and more recently, Motorola unveiled something called Project Ara. Motorola made that announcement back towards the end of October and at the time they introduced Ara as the answer to how they could bring the "benefits of an open hardware ecosystem to 6 billion people."

Phonebloks’ Dave Hakkens talks about plans, partnership with Motorola

If you've been on the look out for tech news today, you're probably well aware of the big splash that Motorola made with its Project Ara reveal. But Motorola's modular smartphone project won't be yet another walled garden and has enlisted the community-centric input of Phonebloks. Now Phonebloks instigator Dave Hakkens is telling all about this curious collaboration with the Google-owned company and his own plans for the future.

Motorola Project Ara takes on the modular smartphone challenge

While smartphone mobile platforms have, to some extent, somewhat peaked, the same cannot be said about the hardware that runs the software. And while open source software has pretty much become a part of our lives, in no small part thanks to Android, open hardware is still pretty much an unreachable dream. A group within Motorola's research arm, however, might just have the answer to that with Project Ara.

Android Remains Open, Android Remains Powerful

This week there was an article published by a pair of writers over at Bloomberg Businessweek : Ashlee Vance and Peter Burrows. This article tells an account of "about a dozen executives working at key companies in the Android ecosystem" including LG, Toshiba, Samsung, and Facebook. This epic tale even notes complaints with the US Justice Department over the situation. Noone directly commenting on the situation is named, and specific facts are sparse - is this a case of fabrication, or is it such a giant story that mafia-style gunmen will come down upon anyone tied to its publication?

Andy Rubin Discusses Android

This was a short but very interesting interview with Andy Rubin, vice president for engineering at Google, shots was dished out and a few things were kind of confirmed. Android is a well known open mobile OS and the most versatile OS of any kind. This openness is the key to Androids success, many manufacturers have adopted the platform and it is really taking off.

iHome-Home Replacement App

The open nature of Android has allowed this OS to be customized in ways most OS's are not allowed. One of the most customized aspects of Android is the home screen. There are a variety of options for this type of mod, each offering their own flavor and options. Sometimes a few custom widgets are included. iHome looks to take aim at the top of the home replacement heap with their latest offering.