With the onslaught of Android
, the Symbian Foundation
, and the LiMo Foundation
all looking to take their fair slices of the world's mobile market, you might think the pressure would be on the world's closed-source smartphone platforms to give up the goods. A question posed at a recent RIM
developer conference suggested that at least some BlackBerry devs would like a crack at Waterloo's inner workings, mainly to get a better feel for its technical underpinnings and help vet it for robustness and security (or so they say) -- but these guys probably shouldn't be holding their breath. The answer from on high was that RIM has an open-source "team" that's looking into releasing the code for some of its development tools, but as for the platform itself, "that's a pretty big leap." With RIM's emphasis on the enterprise, we can see the argument going both ways -- black boxes can be somewhat secure by their very nature, but wouldn't it help to have more eyeballs vetting that stuff?