Google delays open-source Android 3.0

Google is holding onto its tablet OS a bit longer, delaying its open-source release until it works on smartphones too.

Google delays open-source Android 3.0

Dubbed Honeycomb, Android 3.0 was unveiled earlier this year. It’s the first Google mobile OS to be designed specifically for tablets, and will first show up on the Motorola Xoom.

In the past, Google has allowed open-source developers access to the Android OS, raising concerns the company doesn’t intend to open up the tablet version.

A Google spokesperson said Honeycomb was delayed because it wasn’t ready to be customised for use on smartphones, but would eventually be released to the open-source world.

“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,” a Google spokeswoman said.

“We’re committed to providing Android as an open platform across many device types and will publish the source as soon as it’s ready,” the spokesperson said, adding there was no timeline for when it would happen.

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