Today, I see three bits of news which illustrate the complexities of open standards and perfect interoperability
Firstly, Google claims to bundle the Chrome browser on Sony PCs. In spite of Google’s best efforts, Chrome has not really taken off .. But is this not going too far?
After all, the bundling of browsers to PCs was objected to by the European Union. Why is this any different?
Staying with Chrome ..
Read write web reports that Google Chrome OS will Feature Single Sign-On for Chrome Browser – but rightly asks: What about other browsers?
It seems now the browser is being tied to a PC and also to the OS?
Also, today .. China Mobile launches open source mobile OS
On the face of it, this looks good ..
But an open source mobile OS is designed to lower barriers to developing TD-SCDMA handsets. TD-SCDMA is a homegrown Chinese alternative to W-CDMA and is an attempt not to be dependent on Western technology and to avoid paying patent fees on other technologies like W-CDMA which originate in the west.
This illustrates a complex picture
a) China has commercial justification in adopting a separate technology
b) However, that means it will not interoperate globally
c) And it uses open source to get more traction to a system which may be viewed as a closed standard even when there are other open source mobile operating systems already.
You could argue from the Chinese perspective that the ‘open’ standard is not favourable for them commercially
We will see more of this going forward but it shows the complexities of perfect interoperability globally ..