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With Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google tried to offer a worthy alternative to iOS in the tablet market. Let not everything go smoothly in this platform, but it is definitely an extremely promising solution and it’s not only and not so much in functionality, but in the openness of the platform. Anyone can use this operating system in their products and no need to pay for it. Moreover, the Android source code is usually in the public domain, which allows developers to adapt the OS to the hardware used. One result of this is a huge number of cheap Chinese alternatives based on Android, be it phones or tablets. Yes, you can remember the quality of such devices, but if you look, you will find good alternatives with compact metal cases and more or less productive stuffing. Moreover, if the budget is extremely limited, and you really want a tablet, then you don’t really have to choose from branded devices. Plus, now there is such a situation that iPad alternatives from large manufacturers usually cost more than an “apple” tablet. Unfortunately, Chinese solutions based on Android 3.0 may have to wait a long time.

The reason for this was Google’s refusal to publish the source code of Android 3.0which has never happened before. With the release of the next version of this OS, literally within a month, the company laid out its source code for everyone. Why have the rules of the game changed this time?

The official reason, voiced by the head of the Android project Andy Rubin (Andy Rubin) lies in the unpreparedness of the operating system for its universal use. Honeycomb is adapted only for tablets and the company will not be able to control absolutely all manufacturers, many of which will want to release smartphones and other devices based on it. As a result, the market will be flooded with low-quality products (we are talking about the software component), which will spoil the user experience of using Android 3.0. According to him, the company will provide the source code as soon as it brings the OS to mind. No specific timeline has been mentioned so far.

It is worth noting that major Google partners, such as Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG and others have access to the source code of Honeycomb, and companies are actively preparing tablets based on it, only the price does not please them at all. Although, through the efforts of Apple, some of the competitors still revised their pricing policy. For example, Samsung. But cheaper $500 Tablets based on Android 3.0 we will not see in the next few months, which is a pity. Chinese manufacturers would have a large field for activity. In addition, from year to year, the quality of products even of the very “basement offices” is growing. [Reuters]





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With Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google tried to offer a worthy alternative to iOS in the tablet market. Let not everything go smoothly in this platform, but it is definitely an extremely promising solution and it’s not only and not so much in functionality, but in the openness of the platform. Anyone can use this operating system in their products and pay for…

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