Re: How much porting effort?
> This bribery to port suggests porting to Nokidroid is not a purely mechanical process
Bribery, Right. A couple of beers is bribery, is it? My god man, you can be bought for cheap. How many beers did you get from Google?
Speaking of Google - the Play APIs now pretty much infest Android and they are closed source and wholly proprietary. They also cost money to implement and if the manufacturer agrees to pay this money then a) Google Maps, GMail et al must become default apps on the handset and b) no handsets which do not implement the Play APIs may be produced on that site.
Nokia, having HERE maps and stuff and not wanting to bin them just to make money for Google, are not implementing the Play APIs. This is (in my opinion) the biggest reason why they never made Android phones before; it takes time to integrate alternatives well.
So this event is presumably teaching devs how to use the Nokia APIs instead of the Play APIs.
I guess any dev who attends is a heretic though, right? A heretic who must be burned for not following the One True Google Way?
And then you'll tell me about lock-in....