Most of you probably know by now about the debacle between Google and Cyanogen. Rather, the controversy surrounding the issue. The heart of the matter are closed source applications, such as Google Maps, YouTube, and GMail, that Cyanogen had bundled with his cooked ROMs.
Cyanogen’s current solution-in-progress is to back up those apps from the device as shipped, and restore after modding. This is ideal for people who can’t live without what have become staples of mobile computing, but others are heading in a different direction. The Open Android Alliance is seeking open alternatives for these apps, so that your Android device can be 100% yours to mess with.
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