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

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 7 Apr 2011 at 09:31

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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User comments

And Fairies live in the woods....

Google have hit the buffers with Android which has been brilliant at penetrating the market, but is becoming increasingly a mess technically.

In addition to the hyper-schizoid fragmentation of 'customised' Android, there is the small m atter of Google's lack of an appropriate patent portfolio.

Law suits for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner methinks...

At present Google has the most 'sucessful' mobile OS, but fails to make any money from it, whilst risking gazillion dollar attacks from MS, Apple and Uncle Tom Cobley and all...

Apples "we own it all" strategy is how consumer goods work. MS has partially twigged (with WP7) but Android is "Windows" in the wrong era....

By wittgenfrog on 7 Apr 2011

Let's translate Rubin's comments. . .

"We'll release Android 3.0 when we are ready" means
"We'll release Android 3.0 AFTER our secret exclusivity agreements with some of the BIG BOYS expire; and not a moment sooner."

By zelduh on 8 Apr 2011

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