Google to delay open platform for Android’s latest

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Smartphone and other related device users will have to wait for a while for the open platform until Google finishes off the entire testing of its latest OS, Android 3.0, known as Honeycomb. The software was unveiled earlier this year billing it as the first version of its Android operating system designed from the ground up for use in tablet PCs.

Honeycomb software is already available on the Motorola Mobility Inc Xoom tablet. The company officials said that it would not immediately make its Honeycomb software available as an open source, the company’s traditional practice with Android whereby any developers are free to modify the software as they see fit.

The reason for the delay was the fact that honeycomb was not ready to be customized for use on smartphones. In a statement, Google said, “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. 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 previous versions of Google’s two-year-old Android software have primarily been used in smartphones. Apparently later last year, it went onto become no.1 smartphone operating system in the world.

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