Andy Rubin addresses recent concerns about Honeycomb
Andy Rubin, VP of engineering at Google, decided to ease everyone’s mind on the status and future of Android. As you may know, there have been some recent stories about Android that had some people worried.
On March 24, Business Week published an article that stated that Google was going to lock Honeycomb down by not releasing the source code and by limiting what type of customization device makers were allowed to do.
As you can imagine, a lot of people were not happy about this. Consumers and device manufacturers were not happy about the source code not being released. Device manufacturers were not happy about not being able differentiate their devices by customizing the OS. It looks like that article by Business Week created a lot of fear and doubt from Android supporters. In an effort to remain transparent and to ease everyone’s fears, Andy Rubin has decided to let us know exactly what is going on.
Here are some of the things Andy Rubin said regarding Google and Android:
There has been a lot of misinformation in the press about Android and Google’s role in supporting the ecosystem.
The Android community has grown since its launch in 2008 and Google remains committed to fostering the development of an open platform for the mobile industry and beyond.
Google doesn’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ solution.
As always, device makers are free to modify Android and to customize any range of features for Android devices.
There are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs.
There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture.
We continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready.
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.
We remain firmly committed to providing Android as an open source platform across many device types. We will continue to work toward an open and healthy ecosystem because we truly believe this is best for the industry and best for consumers.
Thank you, Andy, for setting the record straight.
If you haven’t already, make sure that you read the entire blog post.