Google Refuses to Release Android Honeycomb Source For Now

Friday Mar 25th 2011 by Staff

The move seems intended to prevent Android 3.0 from being installed on smartphones.

Daily Tech: In a surprise move, Google has announced that it will not release the code for Android 3.0 "Honeycomb." The company appears to have made the decision because it wants to prevent the tablet operating system from being installed on smartphones. "To make our schedule to ship the tablet, we made some design tradeoffs," said Google's Andy Rubin. "We didn't want to think about what it would take for the same software to run on phones. It would have required a lot of additional resources and extended our schedule beyond what we thought was reasonable. So we took a shortcut."

He added, "Android is an open-source project. We have not changed our strategy."

The company will likely open source Android 3.5 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which will be designed for both tablets and smartphones.

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