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Android boss Andy Rubin clears rumors about Android’s open source nature

Considering the fact the last few days were full of rumors about Android losing its open source nature and Google is tightening its grip, and then the delay in release of Honeycomb source code, things were getting really messy for Google.

So, Android boss Andy Rubin himself came out to clear all the doubts and rumors. In a blog post today on Android Developers blog, he stated that Android continues to be an open source platform and Google will continue releasing source code when it is ready. According to him, Android team is still hard at work to bring all the new Honeycomb features to phones.

He also stated that there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs. There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture.

So, I hope this is more than enough for skeptics and we all can take a sigh of relief and start waiting for next version of Android with all the Honeycomb goodness.


One thought on “Android boss Andy Rubin clears rumors about Android’s open source nature

  1. Dear Google,

    Please make every OHA member create an optimized stock Android version for each device they release.

    Then allow users to switch to this optimized stock Android version in place of the OEM’s proprietary version of Android via the market without voiding the warranty of the device, and then maintain updates for it so users will get updates and upgrades via Google asap. OR insist that OEMs’ “enhancements” be uninstallable or able to be turned off by the end user.

    Please give the end user some freakin choice & freedom instead of letting the OEMs do whatever the hell they want and locking users into their proprietary versions of Android which amounts to being the same as an iOS device.

    I would really like to have a choice when it comes to Android but I don’t. The only real Android device is the Nexus. All other devices claiming to be Android are not, they are proprietary implementations of Android and locked down just as tight as Apple’s iOS–flashing a ROM = voiding the warranty just like iOS devices.

    Google, why don’t you give a shit about the end users? Do you only care about OEMs?

    Please give the end user some choice instead of giving all the “openness” to the OEMs so they can lock Android down.

    Or I’ll just be getting WebOS or an MS device next.

    Yours truly,

    An Android user that would like a little FREAKIN CHOICE & FREEDOM!

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