was almost mentioned at : one key point was that mobile operating systems in 2008 were in a race to get developers. and were tiny newcomers with no developers. The idea from app stores came from free software and hackers. APT started in the 90s, was on iOS when was still saying web apps were the only way. And of course, used as a key strategy to get interested in their platform.

@eighthave that sounds nicely put: Android used open source as a TOOL to get developers on board, and now that everyone is on board, is increasingly hostile to open source and has largely abandoned AOSP apps and functionality that they can replace with the Google Mobile Services "ecosystem". Additionally, SafetyNet (now Play Protect) lets developers "optionally" lock out people who exercise their right to modify free software (such as their OS)... and still actually run it.

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