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Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open

Mar 25, 2011, 10:14 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cade Metz)

"If you needed further proof that Android is not an 'open platform', Google just supplied it. On Thursday, the company said that as its select partners release the first tablets based on Android 'Honeycomb' – the latest version of its mobile operating system – it will not open source the Honeycomb code.

"As first reported by Bloomberg Businessweek, Google will delay the distribution of Honeycomb for the foreseeable future. Asked to confirm the story, Google did.

"'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,' a company spokesman told us. 'While we're excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones. Until then, we've decided not to release Honeycomb to open source.'"

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