The complexities and contradictions of Open: Bundling browsers, Open source mobile OS in China etc

Today, I see three bits of news which illustrate the complexities of open standards and perfect interoperability

Firstly, Google claims to bundle the Chrome browser on Sony PCs. In spite of Google’s best efforts, Chrome has not really taken off .. But is this not going too far?

After all, the bundling of browsers to PCs was objected to by the European Union. Why is this any different?

Staying with Chrome ..

Read write web reports that Google Chrome OS will Feature Single Sign-On for Chrome Browser – but rightly asks: What about other browsers?

It seems now the browser is being tied to a PC and also to the OS?

Also, today .. China Mobile launches open source mobile OS

On the face of it, this looks good ..

But an open source mobile OS is designed to lower barriers to developing TD-SCDMA handsets. TD-SCDMA is a homegrown Chinese alternative to W-CDMA and is an attempt not to be dependent on Western technology and to avoid paying patent fees on other technologies like W-CDMA which originate in the west.

This illustrates a complex picture

a) China has commercial justification in adopting a separate technology

b) However, that means it will not interoperate globally

c) And it uses open source to get more traction to a system which may be viewed as a closed standard even when there are other open source mobile operating systems already.

You could argue from the Chinese perspective that the ‘open’ standard is not favourable for them commercially

We will see more of this going forward but it shows the complexities of perfect interoperability globally ..


  1. santiao says:

    but it’s not only one carrier in China. the China Unicom is WCDMA carrier and China Telecom is CDMA 2000.
    and the open source mobile OS is based on Google Android, so it is not so “close” for mobile app developer