Google has revealed plans to maintain the latest version of its Android operating system
Google has revealed plans to maintain the latest version of its Android operating system, Honeycomb, exclusively for tablets for now as the company says the platform is not yet ready for use on mobile phones.
Android chief Andy Rubin said that while Android 3.0 Honeycomb has seen a tablet-oriented release, he does not want third-party developers using the OS on mobile phones and creating "a really bad user experience".
Mr Rubin said his team "doesn't even know whether it would work on mobile phones" and making Honeycomb open-source immediately could damage the platform's reputation.
His comments come amid rumours that Android is shifting from its status as an open platform towards a more closed model.
However, Mr Rubin reassured that Android "is an open-source project. We have not changed our strategy".
A statement from Google said: "Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favourites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization."
It added that developers will have access to 3.0 when it becomes ready for use on a range of devices.
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