Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Mar 2011 14:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The company revealed Thursday that it will delay publication of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) source code for the foreseeable future - possibly for months. It's not clear when (or if) the source code will be made available. The decision puts Android on a path towards a "draconian future" of its own, in which it is controlled by a single vendor - Google. The Ars link linked above is a pretty inflammatory editorial, so see also: Businessweek, GigaOM, The Register.
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Open Source is a double-edged sword
by mbpark on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:28 UTC
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While Android is doing very well, a lot of vendors have released "Android ePad/Google iPad" devices that have cut-down CPUs, bad screens, and no access to Android Market. Ars reviewed one:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/reviews/2010/11/worst-gadget-ever-ar...

The issue for Google here is that the Android name has taken a large hit due to crap devices being released in stores like Walgreens, KMart, or other avenues like eBay and Craigslist. These are usually devices with ~600Mhz devices that can barely run Froyo, let alone Honeycomb.

Putting the latest and greatest OS on hardware that truly does not reflect its capabilities will cause a negative perception of the OS itself. It would be like running the latest Ubuntu on a Pentium II.

In this case, I understand that they want to make Android look good by having devices from vendors that have great hardware (Motorola, Samsung, etc.) to market it.

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