Google Says Honeycomb Not Ready For Open Source

Google is not planning to release Android 3.0 Honeycomb to third party developers for a while, claiming the OS needs more work before being ready to run on devices other than tablets.

The company's move has raised questions about the platform's open source credentials but Google says that it has not changed its strategy. The operating system made its debut on Motorola's Xoom tablet PC device.

Android head Andy Rubin said that the OS was designed keeping in mind large screen devices like tablet PCs and improves on core Android features like browsing, multi-tasking, widgets, customisation and notification.

“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,” the company said.

“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,” Google added.

Rubin said that releasing the OS for other devices would result in a bad user experience for Android fans and added that his team has no idea whether the OS would work on mobile phones, Tech Radar reports.