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We [IntoMobile at least] love a good Google conspiracy

No matter were you turn, someone somewhere is cooking up a conspiracy plan. Sometimes when you look at a half eaten apple, thats all it is, half eaten. Not an attempt by the apple tree to turn you off eating its fruits so callously!

The ValleyWay blog recently published a story regarding how Google's founder, Sergey Brin was funnelling money to his wife's company without going through the normal channels. Now this is the sort of thing you come to expect from this blog. This is their bread'n'butter.

Thumbnails by Thumbshots.orgHowever I do not expect that from the respected IntoMobile site.

Writer Will Park clearly shows a complete lack of knowledge on how software development operates, when he attempts to conjure up a conspiracy story regarding how Google are not being quite as open with their Android development.

To further illustrate that Google aren't always as pure, he naturally references the ValleyWag story, as if this lends credence to his claims that Google are not being open with their Android releases. But Park really goes for it, making wild assumptions that developers will now leave the Android platform, and how this could really set Google back! You don't get the feeling Park is not an Android supporter.

56/365: I-Spy.

So what went down?

Like many commercially lead open source projects, Google released Android updates to their own team and a select group of testers. It didn't go to the general public. However Park believes this is the start of the conspiracy. No! It's called software development.

It is prudent for any new update to get a preliminary check by a small group before it goes to the masses. What you don't want is for the same bug to be caught by a 10,000 people and reported 10,000 times, and people spend energy on what is probably an innocent bug and could have been fixed before it went to the masses.

That is the point of small releases to a select crowd. It is to ensure that by the time the release is out in the wild, it is semi baked, and ready for a good bit of hard testing. I sure as hell do not want half baked releases coming from Google, or any project for that matter. Even a beta/alpha release should have a sniff of a review before it goes to the masses that will pour over every nook and grannie. Let them find the subtle and horrible bugs, not the real obvious ones, that coding at the late of night may introduce.

Sorry, no conpiracy, just good software development practice.


 

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