Google initiates Android clampdown

Google initiates Android clampdown

By Stuart Richardson

April 1st 2011 at 11:13AM

Platform access levels to be tightened following fragmentation complaints

Google is said to be clamping down on access to its Android open source mobile operating system, limiting alterations that can be made to the platform.

According to several executives speaking to Businessweek who work at companies ‘in the Android ecosystem’, approval must now be sought by those seeking early access to the Google software.

Launched in 2008 to a bold proclamation of being a fully open platform to rival Apple’s closed iPhone OS, Android now holds 31 per cent of the global smartphone market share, making it the market leader. This rapid rise to prominence has been suggested as being central to the new restrictions.

Google’s tightening of the reins has also followed on from frequent customer complaints about fragmentation issues across Andriod phones.

New controls are said to include ‘non-fragmentation clauses’ that prevent Android licensees from altering the platform excessively.