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Google to open source Android 3.0 when it's ready

Rumours that Google would be closing the Android platform following the release of Honeycomb have been rubbished by the company's VP of engineering.

In an obviously annoyed blog post, Andy Rubin denied accusations that the world-dominating search engine giant would be keeping all of its Android secrets to itself beyond the tablet-centric iteration.

"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," he said.

Many tech pundits accused Google of withholding code for the open source operating system some even suggesting that community involvement in the project would come to an end. But Rubin's post suggests otherwise.

"Our “anti-fragmentation” program has been in place since Android 1.0 and remains a priority for us to provide a great user experience for consumers and a consistent platform for developers. In fact, all of the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance agreed not to fragment Android when we first announced it in 2007. Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs. There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardise the platform on any single chipset architecture."

With so many devices turning to the Android operating system, some of which were not even conceived when the project was launched, Google's policy of keeping a tight hold on its code until it is fit for prime-time seems to be a sensible one.

"We continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready." writes Rubin. "The Android team is still hard at work to bring all the new Honeycomb features to phones. As soon as this work is completed, we’ll publish the code. This temporary delay does not represent a change in strategy. We remain firmly committed to providing Android as an open source platform across many device types."