An excellent post about how closed Android really is, and is trying to be, by Ron Amadeo. Amedeo concludes:
While Android is open, it’s more of a “look but don’t touch” kind of open. You’re allowed to contribute to Android and allowed to use it for little hobbies, but in nearly every area, the deck is stacked against anyone trying to use Android without Google’s blessing. The second you try to take Android and do something that Google doesn’t approve of, it will bring the world crashing down upon you.
Well worth reading the entire post to see just how locked in Google is trying to make handset makers and developers. I’m not damning Google for this, it’s an incredibly smart move, I just wish Google would drop the ‘open’ propaganda.