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Rubin: we took a shortcut with Android Honeycomb

Rubin: we took a shortcut with Android Honeycomb

Google has come clean that it has made compromises in developing its tablet-optimised Android Honeycomb operating system to have it delivered on time for manufacturing partners.

Speaking to BusinessWeek, Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google and overseer of all things Android, admitted that the search giant has cut corners with the Honeycomb version of its fast-growing operating system to have it ready on time for partners working a range of slates to challenge Apple’s iPad 2.

He said: "To make our schedule to ship the tablet, we made some design tradeoffs.

"We didn't want to think about what it would take for the same software to run on phones. It would have required a lot of additional resources and extended our schedule beyond what we thought was reasonable. So we took a shortcut."

The first-ever Honeycomb powered tablet, the Motorola Xoom, was released in February to moderately well commercial reception. Google’s willingness to release Honeycomb early is hardly surprising given the uphill struggle it faces to to catch up, let alone stop, the juggernaut that is iPad, which currently dominates nearly 90 per cent of the tablet market.

It’s not clear what exact trade-offs were made but they are unlikely to be anything substantial as far as functionality is concerned. Only time will tell whether the decision will prove fruitful in the long run as the iPad 2 continues to sell to massive crowds of customers.

Source: BusinessWeek via T3

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