Google holding Honeycomb source code – not ready yet

Those who may be waiting to get their hands on the Android 3.0 source code may have a little while to wait as it was confirmed by Engadget that, following a report from BusinessWeek, Google will be hanging onto the source code because they essentially don’t feel it’s ready for people to hack it into pieces and start porting onto devices other than OEM tablets. Google had this to say;

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. 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. 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.

There you have it, no Honeycomb for a little while yet. No doubt Google has become a little hardened by Android’s “opensourceness’ when Android 3.0 was released originally for tablet use, when manufacturers continued and still continue to put Android 2.3 or earlier versions on their tablet offerings. Google isn’t saying it ‘won’t’ get released, just that they need to work out a few bugs yet. Stands to reason I say, look at how far Android has come since the first smartphone version came out. The same can be said for the first version designed for tablets. That said, I suspect we’ll see faster releases after Ice Cream starts making its way to devices in the near future.

[via engadget]


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Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Jesse works in IT professionally. Jesse enjoys keeping up with all things Android and Google related, whoopin butt online in ModNation Racers, keeping up to date on the latest metal music, playing/recording original music, and reading Star Wars novels. Ahead of all those things, Jesse holds his family at the top of the list, who all somehow manage to support him with his endless list of things he wants to accomplish.


  • Drew

    I don’t believe it; they are telling us that the OS is good enough for retail products but not as good as source code?! I suspect that what Google (and mostly its partners) want to avoid is for Honeycomb to be ported to every common netbook device by this time next week. Am I being cynic?