Asus releases Honeycomb source code

Asustek has released the source code to the Linux kernel used in the Android Honeycomb operating system powering its Eee Pad Transformer.

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer was launched in Europe at the end of March and is yet to be launched in the US, despite already being on sale in Best Buy.

We had a hands-on look at the device at CeBIT.

The Transformer is powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 ARM-based system on chip and features an impressive 10.1-inch 1280x800 display using In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology.

It runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. Google caused a bit of a kerfuffle recently, when it said that it wasn't yet ready to release its own version of Honeycomb to the open source community. It recently tried to clear this up by saying it would unleash the code when it's ready.

Now Asus has pipped it to the post by releasing its own version of Honeycomb to anyone who fancies a fiddle with, including you and I. You'll find it here, just select download, and Android.

The Taiwanese outfit is to be applauded for being so quick off the mark. It's not unlikely that rivals will be poring over the code as we speak, as they attempt to perfect their own iPad buster.