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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Google as Open Source Big Brother

Mar 29, 2011, 08:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Shimel)

"The reason Google gave for the delay was that Honeycomb is really optimized for tablet computing. Putting it on a smartphone platform would be quite a technical feat and more importantly, at least according to Google "and creating a really bad user experience. We have no idea if it will even work on phones." So they have made the decision for the community. No Honeycomb for phones and to make that stick, they are not releasing the source code out at open source.

"While I don't disagree with Googles logic of trying to preserve the user experience and make sure Honeycomb is not used on a platform it was not designed for (sort of like using earlier versions of Android on tablets, that it wasn't designed for. But Google didn't seem to care as much about the user experience there), they can't make that decision for everyone. Leave it to the developers and OEMs to make Honeycomb work on other platforms. If it doesn't the market will speak. "

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