Developer Joe Hewitt Lashed On Google Android's Definition of "Open" In Hour-long Tweets

Developer Joe Hewitt tweeted an hour-long stream of criticism directed at Google's definition of "Open" -- a topic that was brought Steve Jobs during his tirade against Google during Apple's earnings call.Hewitt kicked off his series of tweets with a question: "How does Android get away with the "open" claim when the source isn't public […]

Developer Joe Hewitt tweeted an hour-long stream of criticism directed at Google's definition of "Open" -- a topic that was brought Steve Jobs during his tirade against Google during Apple's earnings call.

Hewitt kicked off his series of tweets with a question: "How does Android get away with the "open" claim when the source isn't public until major releases, and no one outside Google can check in?"

At the center of Hewitt's argument is that Google's Android code -- which claims to be open in the same sense as Firefox or other open projects -- isn't really developed in the same way. That's because Google keeps code development of the OS in house until it is ready to release it.

After his initial tweet, Hewitt continued to explain his argument. Here're some of the key tweets:

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