Honeycomb Code Not Open... Yet
So you may have heard the news today that Google is not going to be releasing the Honeycomb source code any time soon. You may also have heard all the screams of "Open Source Android Is Dead", hell I even read one article the the title "Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open". Wow...
This is another one of those examples of the Bloggers trying to act as real journalists. Does anyone actually read the content of an article, rather than a headline anymore? It seems one tech blog sees a new article posted somewhere, and immediately goes and writes it up without reading about what the actual issue is. Thats how we end up with articles proclaiming Steve Jobs is right..!
The actual news is not so sinister, in fact it could be a good decision by Google. A Google rep says the following:
While weâ€™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, weâ€™ve decided not to release Honeycomb to open source
That clearly shows us what the actual issue is. Honeycomb was never designed for phones, and you just know someone will come and try to modify it to work correctly on phones (and likely fail terribly). Google don't want this, they are working themselves on joining the Gingerbread and Honeycomb streams together to produce one Phone AND Tablet android OS. Releasing it too early could be bad for the consumer. You know what else the Google rep said?
â€œWeâ€™re committed to providing Android as an open platform across many device types and will publish the source as soon as itâ€™s ready.â€
Does that sound like a company thats never going to releasing open source code again? Listen, this decision isn't great by Google. I would love it to be open sourced right now, it makes me getting honeycomb on my Galaxy Tab that much quicker, but I can see where Google is coming from, and I think thats the key point here.