Honeycomb open source has to wait

It’s not uncommon to come across news where Android is forced into a Nokia, or iOS force-fitted to an Android device, or a custom version of latest Android loaded into a old Android device. Open source or restricted environment, there are people who do it for pleasure and definitely such devices cannot be used as every-day device. They are bound to have some unexpected user-experience and a lot of known-issues. Android wants to restrict such a thing to happen for their Honeycomb version of Android. Honeycomb is exclusively developed for tablets. Google is not yet ready to open source. They know that some will tweak it and force it into some other gadget like a mobile device. This will result in a bad or unexpected user experience and hence may  account for Android inability to support other devices.

“Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization,” says Google. Google will need some more time to port all the features of Honeycomb to other devices. Until then Honeycomd will not be open source. But something tells me that such moves may still not be enough to restrict the crazy Android nerds community.

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