Unlike its rivals, Google has traditionally made the underlying code for its popular Android operating system publicly available, so
anyone could access it and tailor it for use in mobile phones, tablets, television set-top boxes, even automobiles. "It's the throngs of smaller hardware makers and software developers that will now
have to wait for the software," Bloomberg Businessweek writes.
"To make our schedule to ship the tablet, we made some design tradeoffs," says Andy Rubin, vice-president for engineering at Google and head of its Android group. "We didn't want to think about what it would take for the same software to run on phones."