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Although Android will be open source, the source itself won't be released until late in 2008, when the first Android phones go on sale.

"There's a lot of intellectual property in this," explained Burke, so the providers of the technology have decided not to leak it until the environment is established. "This is Version 1.0. There will be bugs in it. We don't want to support and open it until it is ready."

Google's Dave Burke on Google's newly revealed preconditions for turning Android into an open platform.

Implied in Burke's statement is that Google will need until late 2008 to start considering opening up Android code. It will interesting to see if they continue marketing it as an 'Open Source' platform under the Apache license, despite it being everything but that, at least for the next 12 months.