Why wasn’t Honeycomb open sourced? Because of ICS, that’s why.

Whenever Google seems to be holding back a bit, or potentially exerting more control over the Android eco system than die-hard FLOSS advocates prefer, someone cries foul. And there have been a few out there who were upset that Google never released the source code for their tablet optimized version of Android, Honeycomb, And for what practical reasons were people upset? Well, there could be many, but I’m willing to venture a guess that some of them wanted to hack around with it and possibly run 3.0 on their last generation phones. According to some talk at Google I/O, that’s precisely what Google wanted to avoid.

Knowing that Ice Cream Sandwich would be out by the end of the year, Google didn’t want to see hackers–and the tinkerers, like me, that benefit from their work–experiencing a sub-par Android on their phones. With the unifying power of ICS, which addresses fragmentation head on, just around the corner, why allow the bad vibes and bad press of not-ready-for-phones version of Android to propagate? I’m as anxious as anyone else for the next version of Android, but I’d rather be blown away by a final product than experience the epic meh of software that just isn’t ready for my phone.

OK, I take all that back. Link a ROM, and I’ll flash it.

Via Phandroid

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