Google: we'll open source Android 3.0 when it's ready

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Google has defended its open-source credentials, saying it will release Honeycomb's code

Google has pledged to release Android 3.0's source code as soon as phone features are ready, saying the delay "does not represent a change in strategy".

Last week, Google came under fire for not immediately releasing tablet-focused Honeycomb code to the open-source community, saying it was waiting for the smartphone features to be finished.

The delay led to criticism that Google wasn't as open as it pledged to be.

Now, Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering and the head of Android, has hit back at "misinformation" around the delay, hoping to "set the record straight".

We remain firmly committed to providing Android as an open-source platform across many device types

"We continue to be an open-source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready," he said in a post on the Android blog. "As I write this the Android team is still hard at work to bring all the new Honeycomb features to phones."

"As soon as this work is completed, we’ll publish the code," he added. "This temporary delay does not represent a change in strategy. We remain firmly committed to providing Android as an open-source platform across many device types."

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