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Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open

“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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