Android lock in

Google is moving quickly to further lock down the Android ecosystem (as already reported in part 1 and part 2). 

Yesterday, cyanogenmod was forced by Google to remove the CyanogenMod Installer from the Google Play Store, citing that it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’.  However, if you know that cyanogenmod is working with hardware manufacturers to preinstall CyanogenMod to create alternate Android devices then Googles demand appears in a very different light.

I expect the next step for Google is to start locking down side-loading as well (installing apps through alternate channels) to further tighten control.

The air for embedded Android is getting thinner.

Cheers,

– Terrence