Though Android is an open source platform, Google adds its proprietary applications when it is rolled out. This is where some of the open source contributors who wanted to provide modified distributions are facing hurdles. So a new alliance has been put together – Open Android Alliance – with an aim to replace all the proprietary applications with open source equivalents. The team is also collaborating with the Replicant Project to speed up the development.
It will be interesting how Google approaches this. The alliance maintains that it is not “anti-Google” but “pro-Android”, and hopefully they won’t mean the same for Google. I am sure Google knows open source is very efficient in creating functional equivalents and improvements. Having said that, its popularity will depend on whether the alliance is able to replace with complete equivalents. I sincerely hope this alliance picks up momentum and gives us a fully open sourced Android based mobile OS.