The Android has been marketed as the worlds first open source mobile phone, fully featured 3G and all that jazz, however spare a thought for the openMoko platform released on the 9th of July 2007. Granted it’s not 3G, has sporadic telephone capability and is slightly podgy; take it as a slow and thoughtful and wise Labrador in comparison to the shiny, newer and snappier Terrier of the Android.
I bring this up due to having seen the Android of a friend of mine, normally she is a devout open source user, berating me on several occasions through my Macintosh learning tendencies, this is fine; I recognise the Mac could be considered elitist, however it doesn’t pretend to be something is isn’t – I like to think of it as what Ubuntu, when there is a lot more money behind it.
The problem came about with the Android phone not having an open source Maps application (OpenStreetMap should really be standard as what OpenMoko aspires to be) the same with the email platform – surprisingly this is Gmail also, what makes makes me beg the question is why it’s marketed as Open Source when in reality it’s not ‘free as in beer’. What also makes the whole thing worse is that my friend owning said phone, is currently on the dole, her defence of this was that “the phone is only costing me an extra £10 a month”, which surprisingly makes a total of £30 a month out of £191 total. So the G1 a bunch of proprietary, lying, waste of money perhaps?