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Google won't open Android 3.0 source yet

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 25 Mar 2011 20:51

Google won't open Android 3.0 source yet Google Inc. will make developers wait for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) to be available as open source code, it has announced.
The web giant said that Honeycomb is not yet ready to be customized for use for Smartphones and other gadgets, after developing it for use with tablet computers. Honeycomb is already in use with Motorola Mobility's Xoom tablet since February.

Google's announcement might be greeted with skepticism by some developers, as Google's policy for Android has been to allow developers to freely modify the operating system software as they see fit.

"While we're excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. "We're committed to providing Android as an open platform across many device types and will publish the source as soon as it's ready."

No timeframe was given for the Honeycomb source being opened to developers. Android is the most used smartphone operating system in the world.

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