Google remains a strong advocate of open source software, an indication taken from Andy Rubin’s response to a blog post, and that the search giant is willing to release an updated Android source code when finished.
The reply message appeared during a discussion over the delay in the source code release for the latest Android version known as 3.0 or Honeycomb found in the Motorola Xoom tablet.
Affecting many developers, the delayed source code’s release also had an impact on smaller device manufacturers, and custom ROM, or modified operating system versions of available devices.
Moreover, the Honeycomb version is so extensive that Android developers split the code into two different copies, while Google does not want to provide the new code yet until Gingerbread and Honeycomb versions get reconciled.
Device manufacturers, according to Google’s Andy Rubin, should modify or customize the platform for various devices, and even add their custom user interfaces (UI) over the platform.
This “remains a priority for us to provide a great user experience for consumers and a consistent platform for developers,” he added.