Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

“Open”, I Guess, Kind Of

Florian Mueller:

Then Google goes on to complain that “Apple’s request would reveal critical Google trade secrets”. Yes, the Galaxy Nexus source code is described as a “trade secret”:

“Although Google releases some versions of Android through the Android Open Source Project, the internal functionality of Android running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is Google’s trade secret.”

In other words, Google will publish whatever it publishes on open-source terms, but the software running on the lead device for the current generation of Android is a secret.