Reports that Google is taking greater control of the Android OS are wide of the mark, the head of Google’s mobile platform has claimed.
Latterly, speculation has been abroad that the owners of the famously open platform was introducing stricter controls for handset makers in a bid to standardise and improve the Android experience and streamline the process for pushing out updates. Among the mooted changes was that custom UIs and skins would now require the approval of Android lead Andy Rubin before being slathered over the vanilla version of Android.
However, in an impassioned blog on the official Android Developers site, Rubin has denied there has been any change of strategy in how handset partners are to be treated and that there’s to be moratorium on tweaks any time soon.
He stated: “Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs.
“There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture.”
Rubin also went on to refute claims that Google will in future hold back source code for Android updates for companies that do not comply with the supposed strictures it was rumoured to be planned.
He wrote: “Finally, we continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready.
“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. This temporary delay does not represent a change in strategy.”
News of developments down at Mountain View come amid a packed launch schedule for Android handsets, as the OS looks to leverage its current position at the top of the smartphone free. This month alone has seen the appearance of the Xperia Play and HTC Desire S.
However, it today emerged that the perhaps the pick of the bunch the Samsung Galaxy S2 won’t be dropping until June – potentially setting up an intriguing head to head with the iPhone 5.