Latest in Android

Image credit:

Android chief Andy Rubin tackles open source qualms, says Honeycomb isn't 'one size fits all'

Sean Hollister
April 6, 2011
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Google got a lot of flak for withholding the Android 3.0 source code, and plenty more when Businessweek sources claimed the company had set aside its open stance to dictate from a throne, but today the man who would allegedly sit atop the royal seat says it isn't so. Andy Rubin, the man in charge of Android, says that "there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs" nor "any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture" as have often been rumored before, and that when Honeycomb is finally ready for phones, Google will indeed release its source code. Overall, he claims that Android's position when it comes to open source hasn't changed since day one -- which is nice for those who would like to believe that Google's still sticking to its motto -- but that's not likely to appease companies cut out of the loop simply because they weren't part of the early adopter club. If Google's methods will reduce fragmentation, though, who are we to judge?

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]



All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

View
The best wireless earbuds you can buy right now

The best wireless earbuds you can buy right now

View
TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores on Sunday

TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores on Sunday

View
Alphabet’s DeepMind AI is better than you at Atari games

Alphabet’s DeepMind AI is better than you at Atari games

View
MIT algorithm finds subtle connections between art pieces

MIT algorithm finds subtle connections between art pieces

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr