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Android Chief Defends 'Open And Healthy Ecosystem'

Google's vice president of engineering and head of the Android project, Andy Rubin, has trashed the recent press speculations that Google is deviating from its open Android philosophy.

In a blog post on the Android Developers Blog, Rubin said that the Android platform and community has grown tremendously since the first Android device was launched in 2008 and the company remains committed to keeping the platform open for the mobile industry.

“Recently, there’s been a lot of misinformation in the press about Android and Google’s role in supporting the ecosystem. I’m writing in the spirit of transparency and in an attempt to set the record straight,” Rubin wrote.

"Our approach remains unchanged: 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," the Android chief added.

The search engine giant has come under a lot of fire for the fragmentation of its Android platform as well as its decision not to release the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS to the open source community. Google justifies not releasing Honeycomb to open source by claiming that the OS has been built keeping tablet devices in mind and is not ready to be used on smartphones.

The company's recent moves to curb fragmentation on Android, by introducing stricter hardware and software requirements for OEMs, has also been targeted by the media and the mobile industry as anti-open source.