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Google tries to prevent hacking of Honeycomb to phones, won't release the source code soon

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Google tries to prevent hacking of Honeycomb to phones, won't release the source code soon
Google said in a presentation that it will delay the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb's source code, mostly to combat efforts to port it over to phones "and creating a really bad user experience. We have no idea if it will even work on phones.", as per Andy Rubin.

Closing access to the Honeycomb source code as a step to avoid further fragmentation of the phone versions, and prevent unauthorized hacking and development, it's probably not a great idea. It's the open platform that attracts developers and ROM modders, and sometimes they come with solutions that will take Google the next version to roll out, or fix annoying little bugs.

Still, Google knows what will happen when it releases the source code, there will be a rush to port Honeycomb over to phones. and the whole interface and menus are made with tablet screens in mind. But so what? If you don't like it, you can always try it out just out of curiosity, and then revert back. Moreover, Android 2.4 will have some of the Honeycomb features, just with more phone-specific interface anyway, so that's what people will want in the end, and manufacturers give to them.

If this is actually the first step in a trial to avoid the fragmentation of Android for tablets, we are all for that, but that means the slate software development will come mostly from Mountain View, and some nice modding potential out there will be left untapped. We'll see where the future takes us. Andy Rubin was quoted to say "Android is an open-source project. We have not changed our strategy.", but it might turn out that in order to create quality experience you have to be at least somewhat closed, and that's what Google might be doing here.

source: Bloomberg via AppleInsider

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posted on 25 Mar 2011, 05:17 1

1. arena (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Android is open source. They should just give the users the freedom to do whatever they want with their devices.

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 05:20

2. timshady337 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)


Google should be happy people are keeping Android the hottest o.s. Any one who knows wher to find the ported roms know the work better than most shipped versions. No matter what they say, it still willl get ported and advertized on every tech website. XDA

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 09:18 1

3. Honeycomb_FTW (unregistered)


The decision is a good one.

1. Honeycomb was made separate from Android. They need to integrate it back into Android now, thus releasing the source would cause more long term problems, and it just needs more work done to it.

2. They need Honeycomb to succeed on tablets before a hoard of crap tablets are released with Honeycomb from companies that have NOT joined the open handset alliance and agree to play by the rules to make Android work properly.

3. Same as #2 but trying to put it on phones. It isn't phone ready.

4. To ensure easy update to all Honeycomb tablets to Android Ice Cream when it arrives. After which it will be open sourced and all the above can start taking place.

5. They need a "stable platform" for developers to get apps ported to asap.

6. A stop gap to reduce a potential major fragmentation issue.

And to all the "open source fans" that are hurt by this and want to throw a tantrum, get over it! If you spend a billion dollar developing a project and give it away free then you can say something. Until then STFU! Sometimes tough decisions need to be made for the greater good than for your ridiculous beliefs.

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 13:35

4. Hotzb22 (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)


all good points

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 16:17

5. timshady337 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)


All i'm saying is i wouldn't buy a tablet or phone unless it can be rooted and customized. I know they have thier reasons, but the longer it takes the longer the product will sit on the shelf. I have an htc hd2 that runs multiple o.s. thanks to devolopers. The phone wasn't supposed to be compatible with windows 7/android, but i know for a fact it out performs new smartphones in thier own native o.s. I know my comment will not change anything. This is just my take, but i know others who feel the same way.

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