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
mbpark
Member since:
2005-11-17

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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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

That boils down to the Android trademark and logo usage licensing.
If these devices couldn't be advertised and sold as providing Android (tm) experience then the brand damage could be kept in check.

E.g. google could publish minimal HW requirements for devices that entail Andoid logo.

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Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

Speaking of Motorola, they are creating their own mobile OS to compete with Android. What stops them from using honeycomb as a starting point?

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