Why is Google withholding Android 3.0 from Developers?

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JoBlo

Chances are, Google will release 3.0 to everyone, once Google achieves their targeted reputation/market share they want for the platform.

There are a lot of arrogant people out there that will bad mouth the OS because they try to put it on a device it wasn't designed for, then go around to forums crying that honeycomb is crap...

Let Google get what they need/want from it, and in return, we will get it... I honestly do not see the problem with this. Right now, the android market place is flooded with really bad apps. I would love to see the first few waves of apps released for 3.0 be all mostly professional apps. Over time, once the system builds a name for itself, Google will loosen the screws.

If you do not understand this theory, you are the reason why Google is doing this.

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JohnP

Its the Atari cartridge syndrome. So many crap companies were putting out really, really, really bad Atari games that it sunk the whole platform. So no name Chinese company builds a crap tablet but shoehorns in Honeycomb. End result, Honeycomb gets rated as crap.

 Good move Google. There IS a limit to how far you should let customers drag your stuff through the mud.

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Eoraptor

I agree with Google here, this is a new OS with several radically different features from the 2.x builds created for phones. If you were say... Porche, and built a new engine, who would you feel more comfortable letting test it first; a company like Harley Davidson, with years of experience and mllions of dollars invested in R&D and training, or Guido down at the corner garage who could very well bork it and then start blogging that it was a PoS in the first place. I know which I would feel safer doing.

I also agree with blkpnther's posting, that someone could get the bright idea to try to cram it into a first gen android phone and then complain when the 800mghz proc in that chokes on an OS presumably optomized for at least ghz or dual core setups. not good PR.

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Caboose

"If you were say... Porche, and built a new engine, who would you feel more comfortable letting test it first; a company like Harley Davidson, with years of experience and mllions of dollars invested in R&D and training, or Guido down at the corner garage who could very well bork it and then start blogging that it was a PoS in the first place."

Neither. Harley Davidson would try and make it in to a motorcycle engine!

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Eoraptor

Porche co-designed their Evolution engines found in the V-rod.

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Caboose

I'm ok with this. If we get AOS 3.0 in 6mo to a year, and the modding community can play with it, thats fine. I can understand where Google is coming from though.

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aarcane

Some of us have confidence in our third party ROM developers to make wise decisions in optimizing, and deciding which features will run on our phones, and have for at least a release cycle or two..  Perhaps google should return the faith to where it once was.

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fakebny

Or, and this is just a ludicrous idea, they are waiting so that Xoom tablets begin to make profits.

I know , how absurd!.

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Captain_Steve

So the company that offers multiple builds of an internet browser (some of which are marked as being know to be unstable) doesn't want to release an "open" operating system because it wouldn't be stable for all things people might try to use it for? I'm fairly sure the kind of people rooting their devices to use these Android mods are more than well aware that what they're doing isn't guaranteed to work.

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ShyLinuxGuy

I'm beginning to not like Google.

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