Since Cyanogen has started to make deals with OEMs like Oppo and OnePlus can this custom Android firmware become the real champion for mobile orientated open source?
This week Google has announced that it is extending this new Patch Reward Program to cover other open source projects including Android! Patches need to be submitted directly to the AOSP and if Google reckons the patch has a positive impact on security then the developer will get a reward ranging from $500 to $3,133.7.
Android 4.2.1 started rolling out earlier today to the Nexus 4, 7 and 10. If all you want to do is use your device, that’s fine. Those who want to dig deep into the code will be happy to know that now the source code for Android 4.2.1 is available as part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Android is continuing to dominate the worldwide smartphone market. Google’s open approach with Android is often cited as a major reason for the platform’s success, but recent events beg the question of whether that openness is a double-edged sword.
Multi-user support on Android smartphones and tablets is said to already exist within Jelly Bean, although there is no working user-switching implementation yet. Still, analysis of the underlying code suggests that Google developers may be working on enabling multi-user support in the near future. Smartphones and tablets are primarily personal devices. You don’t usually share your phone or tablet with family members, colleagues or friends. However, multi-user setups do have their use. For instance, enterprise users may want to keep separate accounts for work and home use. Then there’s also the concept of shared devices, such as “coffee table tablets,”…