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Andy Rubin Clarifies Lock Down Madness

Andy Rubin, VP Mobile Platforms, File Photo: Thedoidguy.com/Thedroidguy LLC

The Android media has gone crazy the past week or so after picking up a story originating at Bloomberg that said Andy Rubin would be the end all when it came to Android releases and that eco-system partners were under stricter guidelines than they were before.  Die hard Android enthusiasts began crying fowl thinking that Google was going to close down the source code and make the open source, free flowing OS that Android has become, turn into some kind of closed operating system similar to Apple or Blackberry.

As Andy Rubin reports on the Android Developer’s Blog via Tim Bray they are still very open. This very interesting quote from Rubin on the developers blog also confirms that they are bringing Honeycomb to phones

Andy Rubin said “…”We continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready. As I write this the Android team is still hard at work to bring all the new Honeycomb features to phones. As soon as this work is completed, we’ll publish the code. This temporary delay does not represent a change in strategy. We remain firmly committed to providing Android as an open source platform across many device types.”

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Rubin says that the Anti Fragmentation program that they are enforcing now has been in place since Android 1.0.  Perhaps they got a little lazy at Google, or with the influx of handsets it got tough to monitor everything come out with Android on it. Rest assured though if it has Android on it and it wants both Google Apps and access to the Android Market, for our own good, it’s going to have to adhere to a basic set of guidelines.

Personally I think this is great, it will cut down on the trashy Android tablets being imported from Asia for CES and CTIA. True OEM’s will be able to hone their craft and make something worth owning.

Rubin went on to say “…In fact, all of the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance agreed not to fragment Android when we first announced it in 2007. Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs…”

Source: Android Developer’s Blog


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  1. Hear hear! Android is horribly fragmented, and its about time they did something about it. You might get a few angry fanboys, but I’m confident that Android will be better off for it.

    And most of all, they need to crack down on carriers and mobile phone companies. Android updates are a matter of SECURITY and not just feature updates. If they don’t allow Android version updates, then you run the risk of turning your older Android phones into a pack of zombie botnets that will bring down your network faster than you can say “zombie apocalypse”.

    What about the custom UI’s that phone makers put in? Fundamentally change them into an installer package that can be installed over Android instead of being baked into the ROM (with the obvious choice of uninstalling them if you prefer pure Android). That way testing on new Android ROM’s will be faster, and easier to roll out. It works in a similar way to Windows PCs: PC companies put their own UI, but its uninstallable and you don’t have to have a special version of Windows updates.

    Save us from Apple tyranny Google!

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