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March 1st, 2012, 07:48
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
What kind of process must a piece of software go through to be green-lit for the OS - so as to avoid having to "hack" it?
To allow installing non-market apps in Android there is a simple checkbox in the OS settings - so it requires no hacking at all. All you need is the APK file for the app somewhere on your device. For example this is how the Amazon App Store is installed on most devices (aside from the Kindle), as it isn't listed in the Android Market (being its main competition).

I think Android is definitely the more open system. The custom ROMs and hackability make anything possible.

I have a rooted Nook Color tablet with Cyanogen Mod installed - which makes it a fully-functioning Android tablet. As stock, the Nook Color would be more limited to just being an e-reader with a limited app store. It serves me well, running DOS and console emulators, e-reading, Android gaming, web surfing, music etc. Though it is probably pretty low-end compared to the newer stuff out now.
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