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Google, Keeping Android Honeycomb Source Codes a Secret

Written on March 26, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google does the unexpected, as it keeps Android Honeycomb's source codes from developers until further notice.

The tablet does have the inside. But according to BusinessWeek, Google has no plans of releasing the source code to small hardware makers and due to the fear of having unpleasant results and user-experiences, especially if programmers attempt to bring the Honeycomb to phones.

According to Google Spokesperson, Andy Rubin, the , Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization.” He further added that “while we’re excited to offer these new features to Android , we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones.”

Rubin did promise that they will release the source codes once they’re ready.

Google has a reputation of releasing open-source codes of the Android OS from big and small manufacturers down to the developers so that they can tailor it to other devices. But because Google hasn’t perfected the Honeycomb due to a tight deadline, only HTC, Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility Holdings, and a handful of big manufacturers have access to the OS’ source code.

Unlike it’s competitors, Apple and , Google so far is the only one that discloses the source codes of their Android OS. With a move like this, critics are starting to wonder if Google still is all about ‘open-source.’

But Andy Rubin was quick on the matter as he stated “Android is an open-source project. We have not changed our strategy.”

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