Last time I read about this ball drone the estimated battery life was around 15 minutes, making it useful for a very limited range. Also, this ball "drone" is still remote-controlled, putting it definitely outside of the drone category, although similar devices have been adapted to autonomous fly even by hobbyists.
Unless someone can get a power source with better weight/stored energy ratio than the batteries usualy found at these devices, those drones will still be toys. Maybe a buoyant/quadcopter hybrid could overcome this, using far less energy to stay flying and depending on volume, a useful payload capacity.
While the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards have been out for one year now, the open-source support has been shoddy. AMD was fairly quick in delivering kernel mode-setting support, but the 3D bring-up has been slow. There were significant architectural changes to the GPU between the HD 6000 and HD 7000 series hardware, which necessitated the introduction of a new Gallium3D driver called RadeonSI, but for end-users simply wanting their hardware to work on open-source software, it's been a damn slow process.'"
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but the point is, android can ultimately run mozilla os apps too. on the same hw mozilla os runs.
mozilla os isn't even the first html5 ui for mobile attempt nor the first "hey let's do apps in html5 for mobile!" attempt. nokia wasted hundreds of millions on that shit already. mozilla just went because html5 because they build a browser.
I guess you are confusing Nokia with Palm/HP, as WebOS ran on html+js and Meego/Maemo used gtk and latter Qt with 100% native apps
Truth is, as most of the code on android is apache licenced or GPL (as the kernel) there is no need to ask google's permission to make anything with it.
Except for two things, some OEMs get advanced access to the code base before it's released to the general public and some OEMs get special access to the core Android developers if they can't get something to work on their own.
Exactly. Google can't "ban" anyone from using android source code, but they can deny access to their proprietary apps and also from being part of the Nexus product line, which obviously depends on early access to the sources and SDK. Also, it is somewhat clear that access to core android developers during a device development is a valuable asset to any manufacturer, as it is the closest to a community android gets due to the open source/closed development environment strategy used by Google.
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