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June 10 [Mon], 2013, 10:14
Facebook Home BlockedAndroid will likely always be open source, but just how open the platform will remain is an ongoing question. In a recent interview with Wired, . He discussed the future of Android and dispelled speculation that it might merge with Chrome OS, but he also gave a somewhat unexpected answer to a question that many industry watchers have pondered for some time now: Just how open will Android be in the future?

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Some people worry that Google might respond to Facebook Home by blocking this kind of approach in a future release.We want to be a very, very open platform, but we want a way by which end users are getting a good experience overall. We have to figure out a way to rationalize things, and do it so that it makes sense for users and developers. Theres always a balance there. Its no different from the kind of decisions that Facebook has to make about its own platform. But right now, we dont plan to make any changes we are excited theyve done good work.

Hold on. Youre saying that you like innovation like Homebut at some point in the future you might decide that an invasive software approach like this isnt good for users and cant be done in a future Android release?No. Let me clarify. Users get to decide what apps and what choices they want. Some users really want this. We dont want to get in the way of that. [But] in the end, we have to provide a consistent experience. As part of that, with every release of Android, we do go through changes. So we may make changes over time. But if this is what users want, I think Facebook will be able to do it. We want it to be possible for users to get what they want.

There is plenty of room for interpretation there. In the end though, it seems as if Google is leaving the door open but isnt afraid to close it slightly if the need should arise. What might make the need arise? Google is leaving that up to its discretion if it determines any particular Android app is standing in the way of users getting a good experience overall, it could definitely block the software from its mobile platform.

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