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Google insists Android to remain open source

Google’s Android boss Andy Rubin moved to refute a number of criticisms surrounding the internet giant’s decision to hold off on the release of Android 3.0 source code.

Writing on the Android developers blog, Rubin said that he believed there had been "a lot of misinformation" around the smartphone and tablet operating system appearing in the press. "I’m writing this in the spirit of transparency and in an attempt to set the record straight," he wrote.

Refuting claims that Google was moving to restrict Android operating system customisations, Rubin said device makers are free to modify Android but drew attention the firm’s "anti-fragmentation" program which was aimed at promoting a "great user experience for consumers and a consistent platform for developers."

Reports emerged that Google had moved to tighten up early access to new versions of Android, limiting access to a number of major players. Business Week also claimed there would be no more "willy nilly tweaks to the software," by manufacturers, a claim which Rubin flatly denies in the blog post.

"We continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready," Rubin said in reference to the firm’s decision to keep Android Honeycomb’s source under lock and key.

"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," he added.

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