Android 3.0 Honeycomb Source Code Not Getting Released Just Yet

Google has confirmed that it will not be releasing Android 3.0 Honeycomb to open source just yet. It is in the plans of Google to do that, but not just yet as they feel it isn’t ready and have more work to do on it.

Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization. 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. Until then, we’ve decided not to release Honeycomb to open source. 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.

What is interesting to read in the quote above, originally sent to Engadget, is that they are working on getting the features on to phones and other device types. We could also read between the lines a little and see that Google might be restricting the source code a little so that only authorised devices are allowed to use it in the early days. Perhaps they want to vet what kind of tablets are running the OS in the early days.

We expect to hear more in the coming months about 3.0 and the source code being released. But for now, it’s closed doors so to speak.

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