This Christmas my wife bought me a Kindle Fire. Originally I wanted a Nexus 7, but was tempted by a Black Monday offer of £99 for the basic Fire (normally £129). There is also a more expensive HD version, which also has Dolby sound, for £159; but in my opinion you are getting dangerously close to Nexus 7 pricing at that point.
I am a great fan of the 7 inch form factor. Personally I would be embarrassed to carry around with me a 10″ tablet, but the smaller book-sized 7″ tablet is fine. Without a case, it will even fit into a suit jacket pocket.
My hope for the Fire was that it would be a quality device, being sold cheap as a loss leader for Amazon, but more to the point I hoped that it would still be usable for email and web browsing and that I would be able to find at least some of my favourite Android apps in the Amazon app store.
I read today that Google and Samsung have unveiled Galaxy Nexus Android 4.
It has been well known that the Android 3.x is not open source yet, but I had expected 3.x to be open sourced at any moment. Now that 4.x has been released and there is still no sign of the 3.x or 4.x source code, I think we have to ask – is Android really open source now?
Well Google has given some reassurances that 4.x will be open sourced “We plan to release the source for the recently-announced Ice Cream Sandwich soon, once it’s available on devices”, but this lacks credibility when they still haven’t released the code for 3.x.
This could all change in moment, all it takes is for Google to publish the source code, but this is truly not how an open source project is supposed to be run.
2011-11-03: Further to this article, Google has announced that Android 4.0 is to be open sourced in the coming weeks.